The tenacious survival of the Jewish people is miraculous.
A Jewish miracle doesn’t mean something physically impossible. It means something good is strikingly exceptional in occurrence or timing.
This tiny group of Hebrews influenced the whole of Western civilization, laying the groundwork for billions of Monotheists around the world to believe in One G^d, virtue and vice, Reward and Punishment, this world and redemption, and the next world and reward, etc.
When we influence others, others influence us. Jews should have totally assimilated by now into the Gentile world, especially after we lost our Land and went into the dispersion of the Diaspora. But we’re still here. How?
No doubt, Jewish Law safeguarding the ban on mixed marriages helped.
But, what helped us feel like G^d’s Firstborn while being downtrodden? Impoverished, powerless, persecuted, and massacred, we did not give up, give in, give over, and disappear. We kept our trust in His Presence and Supervision and in His Goodness and Salvation despite it all. How?
I would like to suggest that the Curses all over the Torah (Genesis 3:16ff, Leviticus 26:14ff, Deuteronomy 11:26, 29, 27:15ff) have much to do with it. Hebrew Scripture does promise us a rose garden (Blessings—Leviticus 26:3ff, Deuteronomy 11:26, 29, 28:1ff, Joshua 8:33), but not at all times. Terrible things may befall us. Some say they have all happened by now. The Torah tells us that it’s not the cosmos going berserk. It’s all part of the Plan, with a Happy Ending. Even when you only see darkness, there’s Eternal Light at the end of the tunnel. Hang in there. It does get better.
Better even, we are told that if we shape up, the disasters may not happen (we have a say); and that the disasters can motivate us to shape up.
Had we just been promised: “Be good, and you’ll have good,” we could never have dealt with so much adversary. But our mottos became: When the going gets tough, the tough get going, and: All that ends well is well.
But, there is more.
Safety to All Jews
Not that the assaults didn’t hurt us. One of our common scars is getting somber about humankind. Instead of becoming specialists in how to teach Gentiles to respect, love, and protect us, we turned to prayer only and just said to ourselves: this is inevitable. If they can’t kill us with weapons, they’ll try it while sweet-talking, but being loathed will be our lot. Not so!
Jews being safe is not too much to ask. It’s just right. Our birthright.
It won’t cost anyone anything. It will make all people safer. Read on.
If we don’t expect the Gentiles to relate to us appropriately, how are they supposed to figure out what to do? (Some have, but not enough of them.)
We have given the world One G^d, the Sciences studying the Uni-verse, the fundamental equality underlying Democracy and Equality before the Law, Modernity, and Ancient Eternal Wisdom. It’s not too much to expect from us to teach all of humanity respect, love, and protection for the Jews.
We don’t need to be passive, powerless victims here. We haven’t applied our genius and diligence to this; neither did Gentiles. Let’s change that.
But, of course, we must listen to our Sages and Tradition telling us that Jew-hatred reflects a lack of unity and peace between Jews. To huddle in one country might be a good step. It would be a mistake only to try to improve Jewish-Gentile relationships. That’s been tried and always ends in assimilation. If we infight as Jews, we can expect genocide from outside.
Yet, we can ask our best Allies to help us against the Jewish divisiveness, the Jewish attacks on our own leaders, the hypercriticalness, the lack of calm and patience, and other traumata from having been victimized. But, we should not blame the victim, so not criticize us for being so critical.
We excelled in and became world champion collective survival. Now, Jews must be world champions in creating safety for us. Both paths are needed:
- Building Jewish unity, assisted by Allies.
- Coaching Allies to stand by us, assisted by Jews.
With this, like everything we ever did, we’ll not just improve our lives but the lives of all humans. When Jews are safe, everyone will be safer. If only because when we feel good, we will be even better Allies to everyone else.