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The Painful Truth

Thursday, 15 January 2009

“Mom? Why does everyone want to kill us?”

How can I answer him? I cannot, in all good conscience, tell him that it’s not true.

A Jewish cemetery in Sweden vandalized.

A 15 year old Parisian girl attacked.

Verbal attacks on British Jews.

Vandals attack synagogues and school in chicago.

And even closer to home.

I understand that the majority of the world is opposed to the offensive action taken by the government of Israel. And as mentioned in earlier posts, I strongly support the right of the individual to protest. But these actions are being taken out not only on Israeli embassies and consulates. They are actions of violence against Jews for the sake of terrorizing them. They are not “anti-Zionistic” or “anti-Israel.”. These acts are anti-semitic. Hatred for us simply because we refuse to stop living as Jews.

Yes, my son, there are days when it feels as though the world despises us. I can shield you from that truth for just a while longer. A truth that breaks my heart. And will break yours too. Find comfort in the words of our greatest Sage, Moses, who taught:

Be strong and of good courage (Deut. 31:7)

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Thursday, 15 January 2009 11:16 am

    Amen. May the day come soon when we don’t have to answer that question….

  2. jewwishes permalink
    Thursday, 15 January 2009 1:17 pm

    As a mother, I empathize with you. We can only protect them for so long…

  3. Zaydegiraffe permalink
    Friday, 16 January 2009 12:30 am

    Beernut was strengthened by attending our community-wide Rally for Israel this evening. Standing with more than 1000 Jews and listening to the wonderful speech given by the Consul General of Israel to the Western States enabled him to join in singing “Am Yisrael Chai” with a heart filled with pride and hope.

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