The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - LETTERS -

Rabbi Sh­muel Rabi­nowitz in his lat­est parasha col­umn (“Prom­ise and hope,” Novem­ber 16) tells us of the life of Ja­cob, the third Pa­tri­arch. Ja­cob, we are told, sym­bol­izes the na­tion in ex­ile, where the Jewish peo­ple were poor, per­se­cuted, hu­mil­i­ated and de­meaned, some­thing hard to grasp in our demo­cratic and egal­i­tar­ian world.

Sadly, not a lot has changed since then, as the Jewish peo­ple are still poor – one in five fam­i­lies liv­ing un­der the poverty line; still per­se­cuted in the Jewish land, of­ten by their own lead­ers. Hu­mil­i­ated and de­meaned at their holi­est site, the Tem­ple Mount, where the Mus­lim flag flies in­stead of the Ma­gen David with the con­sent of the prime min­is­ter of the sov­er­eign State of Is­rael, with not a peep out of the rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites.

Yes, we all sur­vived with “the prom­ise” that we would re­turn to the land. The rabbi states, “How sym­bolic it is that the prom­ise given to Ja­cob was given at the site where later the Tem­ple would be built, the Tem­ple Mount – the site where great hope flour­ished that filled the hearts of Jews in ex­ile. This is the site to which, un­til to­day, we look to­wards with an­tic­i­pa­tion of the re­build­ing of the Tem­ple.”

So many words, so much talk, yet even though God brought us out of ex­ile and into the Promised Land, we have sur­ren­dered His land and holy sites to our en­e­mies, even as they kill us and de­stroy our land – en­e­mies that he com­manded us to de­stroy, not sup­port, as is hap­pen­ing un­til this day.


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