Kenneth Cohen

Anti Jew-Anti G-d

The scene in the desert of the Aron Kodesh traveling, must have been fantastic. According to some opinions, there were actually two Holy Arks. One was carried by the Kehati Family, but the other traveled by itself.

The Midrash describes how this second ark would literally fly and clear the path for the Jewish people. It would kill snakes and scorpions, and remove all obstacles that obstructed the ability to travel freely.

This gives the song that we sing when the Torah is taken from the ark in our synagogues, greater meaning. This song is a direct quote from the Torah. It begins with the words, “ויהי בנסוע הארון,” and when the Ark traveled. It expresses how the Jewish people marveled at seeing this magical Ark, doing its thing.

It is also interesting to note that part of that song has the words, וינסו משנאיך מפניך, translated as, “May Your enemies be scattered from before You.”

Rashi asks who are the enemies of Hashem. He answers that those who hate Jews, hate G-d. it is as if they are saying, “Jew, you are nothing, and your G-d is nothing.”

This teaches that anti-semitism is actually a Chillul Hashem, a desecration of the Name of G-d. When we stand up against Jew hatred, we are defending the honor of our Creator.

One of the great things about the State of Israel, is that the image of the Jew has changed. No longer are we seen as pushovers. Today, Jews fight back and defend Jewish honor.

This is another reason why the existence of the State of Israel, is Kiddush Hashem, a sanctification of the Name of G-d. The world clearly sees that the return of over seven million Jews to their ancestral homeland, is the greatest proof that G-d exists and has brought His children home. No more Chillul Hashem, but only Kiddush Hashem. The State of Israel is a sanctification of the Name of G-d.

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at