Israel: God and survival

When I, or any Jew, adamently insists upon the right of Israel to exist, this is what lies behind our words and actions. These corpses were my mother’s generation. When the fascists arrested my 12 year old mother, to be such a corpse was her intended fate. The Nazis and their allies meant it to be the fate of every Jew on earth.

That my mother escaped and survived is a miracle. That I was born free is a miracle. After the murder of 6 million of our people, all arguments against Israel’s existence not only ring hollow but feel like harbingers of evil. I do not blame God for what happened: I blame human beings. I know that God could not save so, so many. God, who is a source of moral strength and decency for some who embrace good, yet is also powerless against determined human evil. It takes human beings to resist.
We Jews cannot depend upon God for personal safety from the current growing pandemic of antiSemitism. For Jews to survive as a People, we need to stand united and to do all in our power to assure the security and prosperity of Eretz Israel.

About the Author
Alan Kaufman is an American-Israeli novelist and memoirist. His latest novel, The Berlin Woman, has just been published by Mandel Vilar Press. His other books include the novels Matches (Little Brown) the memoirs Jew Boy (Cornell University Press) and Drunken Angel (Viva Editions).
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