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Parshat Yitro

Dear STOCS Friend:


More than ever achdut (unity) is requisite for Klal Yisroel. Yisrael Mangel in writes:  "The best of times and the worst of times," a dichotomy that holds a deeply affecting resonance for the Jewish community.”  He continues, “Yet, within this darkness, a powerful response has emerged − a surge in Jewish unity transcending the divisions of politics and religion. It is a response that has ignited a spiritual awakening across the globe, where Jews from diverse backgrounds are joining hands in solidarity. Former adversaries find a common cause, standing side by side to provide aid, support Israel's response to aggression, and rekindle a sense of Jewish identity and observance.”

Though I agree with Mangel, there are some fragile links. As Jews we need to project our pride and passion for Israel far more deeply. Reactively, our response has been excellent. On the initiative-taking front a great deal more needs to be accomplished.

We must seek out allies and friends from within and outside of the Jewish community. The danger Israel is facing is one of Pure Evil versus Good. This is a battle the world has denied for too long.

In Parshat Yisro, the Jewish people stood at the foot of Mount Sinai.

וַיִּחַן שָׁם יִשְׂרָאֵל נֶגֶד הָהָר

The Israelites encamped as one at the foot of the mountain.

Rashi explains:

כאיש אחד בלב אחד

Like one person with one heart.

The unity of the Jewish people was an essential catalyst for the eventual giving of the Torah by God on Mount Sinai. We must share with the world the importance of unity especially when faced with a common enemy and threat. Peace can be reality if the Jewish people and its allies come together for a common cause. By standing up against hate and anti-Semitism, remarkable things and changes will surely follow.

Join me in shul this Shabbas as we read the account of the revelation of Hashem at Mount Sinai and the giving of the Ten Commandments.


My wishes to all for a good Shabbas and peace in Israel.





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