We stand on the shoulders of giants, and yet we cannot see the horizon as we find ourselves lost in a sea of ignorance, overwhelmed by a lack of purpose, and led by leadership that takes us to swamps instead of fresh meadows to actualize our national heritage. What is truly mind-boggling is that each and every Jewish man, woman, and child carry a history of 4000 years. Despite this, many feel alienated from their historical, cosmic, and personal destiny as Jews.
Two thousand and seven hundred years ago, 83% of our nation entered into the furnace of exile due to internal strife, as the Ten Tribes were scattered to the winds of history by the Assyrian conquest.
This nation-splitting Holocaust was a profound tragedy that deeply wounded our National Soul, an incomprehensible loss that continues to affect us to this day. A loss that has left us a broken nation.
The Tribes of Reuven, Simeon, Yissachar, Zevulon, Dan, Gad, Naftali, Asher, Manasseh, and Ephraim – Ten in all – were lost during this tumultuous time. Only Judah, Benjamin, and the Levites remained to carry on the National mission of the nation of Israel.
We, the Judeans, Benjamites, and Levites – THE JEWS – stand as the guardians of the dreams, hopes, and ideals of our ancestors, who, long ago, at the foothill of Sinai, declared ourselves – our Nation – to be eternally dedicated to The Creator of Heaven and Earth and The Creator’s Torah. Throughout history, we have endured both external persecution and internal strife.
The Jewish people as a whole and the Jewish family as the link in the chain of Jewish survival have achieved spiritual victories over the forces of destruction throughout their four-thousand-year journey. With our holy, justified and righteousness Quest for National Redemption 15 million Jews amidst 8 billion non-Jews await the day when the “Jew” will no longer be the target of hate but rather seen and understood as the Light Unto the Nations.
Yet sadly, many of our present day youth are ignorant of the enormous spiritual and heroic feats of superhuman dedication that course in their veins. So many are ignorant of the sacrifices of their particular family to maintain their Jewish identity. Even Dustin Hoffman after learning in the PBS genealogy series, “Finding Your Roots” of his own great grandmother’s deeds to secure the continuity of her Jewish family said, “I am a Jew”. Until that moment he had no clue of the cosmic Will to survive as a Jewish family.
Our forefathers and foremothers, who swore on slave ships to return to Zion, passed onto their descendants the FIRE OF COMMITMENT TO THE TORAH AND THE LONGING TO RETURN TO ZION.
However, today our identity has been hijacked by anti-Jewish identity movements such as BDS, hiding under the guise of social and civil rights, as well as by some Jewish groups who consider Jewish freedom as non-human, non-real, and non-true.
The tragedy lies in the fact that the haters of the Jewish people have so brutalized Jewish identity that many of our youth have now sunk into the Stockholm Effect, whereby they believe that Jewish freedom and the quest for it, is evil. Worst yet, aside from not supporting Jewish sovereignty, Jewish self-esteem has become so alienated from itself that even Jewish practices, values and identity has become a pariah.
I implore every Jew who sees Israel’s nationhood – Jewish Nationhood – as evil to use the virtual tool called Imagination and visualize the overwhelming feats of endurance your respective families undertook when exiled in Africa, Europe, and Asia during the last two millennia to ensure their descendants reach this day.
It takes great strength to be a minority among minorities and be falsely accused and deemed a cabal bent on taking over the world.
THERE IS NO SHAME IN BEING A MINORITY.
Even a minority the size of the Jewish People deserve dignity, respect, fair treatment, and a Homeland recognized by all.
The modern Jew just like the ancient Jew has every right to claim his or her family heritage and dream to live in Jewish freedom in the Jewish homeland in the Jewish state.
Be strong and firm.