Never again?

We have been saying it again and again, yet it happens again and again. We as a people and a nation, must make this statement permanent. No excuses, no lowered arms, no mistakes, no excuses. The lessons by the endless persecutions, hatred, massacres and holocausts (yes, there have been more than one) some came to call antisemitism have been recorded, and not always registered throughout history. Actually, these have happened since our beginnings with Abraham our first patriarch, the founder of Judaism.

This complete absence of historical memory seems to be deeply rooted, particularly in the last generations since the last Holocaust and the birth of the modern State of Israel. This lack of awareness of what has been the Jewish identity since the times when the Torah defined it and outlined if for the Jewish people is the main reason for what has been happening to us. The cause of our internal divisions and the increased hatred of our enemies.

Being Jewish seems to be irrelevant for a sizable amount of Jews in our times.

Unfortunately and regrettably, attacks on Jews because of their ancestral heritage have become the reason to return to who we are. The bitter lessons of more than three thousand years have not been enough. Terrible to live in this endless cycle of permanent oblivion and remembrance. A curse some may simply call stupidity.

We are not stupid at all. Then, why again and again.

We are not going to overcome the tragedy we and the world have witnessed in the last few days. Never. As we will never overcome the Holocaust perpetrated by similar subhuman animals called Nazis. This war is not limited against such people either called Nazis or Islamic jihadists. This war is against all forms and kinds of evil that these sub-humans embrace and follow as their abject beliefs and lifestyles.

Their only purpose is to wipe out goodness from the face of the earth. And their main objective are those who represent goodness the Torah delineates as the root of their identity, the Jewish people. One doesn’t need to be very smart or a scholar to deduce this after giving a read to the sacred book.

The time is now to remove all forms of evil (“Amalek”) from our midst as our God commands us (Exodus 17:14). There is no other way. If not, we will be repeating endlessly “never again”.

This is the time for all Jews to unite under that which defines them as the Jewish people. Let’s read and learn from our history, beginning with the Torah. Let’s learn that not all the Tribes are priests or Torah scholars, that we are very diverse and creative in each one’s own way, without keeping the essence of our identity. That which unites to our God, the goodness that others want to destroy from us and from the world. Goodness is what we are, because our God is good.

Let’s remove from ourselves and our midst all that destroys who we are.

After what we have suffered and witnessed, our final redemption from evil begins by removing all our enemies by reaffirming the goodness we are and will always be.

About the Author
Ariel Ben Avraham was born in Colombia (1958) from a family with Sephardic ancestry. He studied Cultural Anthropology in Bogota, and lived twenty years in Chicago working as a radio and television producer and writer. He emigrated to Israel in 2004, and for the last fourteen years has been studying the Chassidic mystic tradition, about which he writes and teaches. Based on his studies, he wrote his first book "God's Love" in 2009. He currently lives in Kochav Yaakov.
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