This week we Jews begin our 5773rd year on this earth!
that his people would be around this long he probably would have been
Imagine, we did this without beheading anyone, without
a single suicide bomber, without kidnapping and murdering school
children, without slaughtering Olympic athletes, and without flying airplanes into skyscrapers.
We lasted this long despite 400 years as slaves in
Egypt , 40 years of wandering in the desert, the mighty Roman army who
nailed us to ten thousand crosses; despite the best efforts of the Christian
crusaders, the Spanish Inquisition, Hitler's third Reich, Stalin's gulags,
Arab wars of annihilation, 100 years of Arab and Arafat terrorism, and 800
hate-filled UN resolutions!
How did we Jews do it? We did it by concentrating
our efforts on education, love of family, faith, hard work, helping one
another and a passionate dedication to life no matter what evil befell us!
We hung in there in hope the rest of the world
would one day overcome its hatreds, jealousies, violence and join us in a
of cooperation and mutual respect.
We're not there yet, but we're still hopeful. And
when we enter our places of worship this week, this is what we'll pray
for with all the strength in our hearts.
Best wishes for a New Year filled with health,
happiness, laughter, success, joy, and kindness and may this coming year bring
peace and security to Israel and to the Jewish communities in the
Diaspora and the whole world.
5773 and counting !