A Prayer of a Non-Believer

Arguably the best thing which has happened to us lately: protests outside Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem. (Maxim Reider)
Arguably the best thing which has happened to us lately: protests outside Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem. (Maxim Reider)

For some reason, I don’t believe in G-d. And as if this sacrilege is not enough, the sound of shofar makes me giggle. That said, I find the annual rite of self-reckoning, followed by asking forgiveness from the neighbor quite useful, even if the day after we return to the same routine of sins and wrongdoings.

But above all, I adamantly believe that in the harsh light of the corona, which has exposed the true face of our country, we as a people of Israel should look back at our not-so-distant past and ask ourselves a few unpleasant questions and then try and drag ourselves from the stinking swamp in which we are currently stuck.

So that one day we shouldn’t need to ask forgiveness from our kids for leaving them the country in a condition of total loss.

About the Author
Maxim Reider is a trilingual Israeli journalist, translator and photographer. Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, he has been making Tel Aviv his home since 1989. Author Photo by Ernest Aranov.
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