Sorry to spoil the Purim celebrations, but I am worried.
Yesterday, I was listening to the NPR radio station while driving my son to daycare.
It was a gorgeous morning in the DC suburb.
The correspondent reported about the ongoing war in Yemen and how the west should also be aware of the fact that thousands of people (many civilians) have lost their lives in the past few months only.
When I got to a red light, I googled the conflict in Yemen out of curiosity.
As a true scholar, I started with Wikipedia.
When I tried to understand what the Houthi rebels are fighting for, this is what I found:
Houthi slogan reading “God is the Greatest, Death to America, Death to Israel, Cursed be the Jews, Victory to Islam”.
I was struck by this realization that there are people who live in a country thousands of miles from me, who are willing to fight and die in order to ‘crush the Jews’.
Unlike the USA and Israel are political entities, sovereign countries, why would the Houthi rebels ask to crush the Jews? All the Jews.
Less than 50 Jews remain in Yemen, how many Houthi people ever met a Jew?
I looked in the mirror and saw my beautiful baby son smiling at me, and wondered, would this ever stop? Would this hatred ever go away?
Just a couple of days ago, while I was talking with a contractor about a new development project that we are considering, he laughed and said that Jews can smell money.
A few months back I was approached by a colleague who said he was looking for a Jewish Lawyer because it’s ‘known’ that Jewish lawyers are connected to the judges and in the history of the USA, there was never a conviction of a client of a Jewish lawyer. He went on to say that unfortunately, Jewish lawyers charge double the cost of a non-Jewish lawyer due to their ‘connections’ but it’s worth the cost because the success is 100% guaranteed.
These conversations are taking place in the USA in 2022.
When we look at what is happening in Ukraine, we can’t avoid thinking about how fragile our reality is. Peace and prosperity can turn into war and chaos overnight.
Approx 2500 years ago today, we were lucky to have the miracle of Purim, and weeks before the Jewish people were about to be slaughtered, the mighty king of Persia changed his mind and spared the Jewish people.
Unfortunately, antisemitism is still alive. And while remaining mostly under the surface, history teaches us that it’s only a matter of time before it erupts.