Seeds of the Pomegranate
Posted on September 17th, 2009
Another year has gone by that I can count myself fortunate enough to live in the holy land of Israel. As I look out my window at the Judean hills where I have chosen to make my home, I think about just how amazing it is that I am able to live and raise a family in the land that had been promised to the Jewish people so many thousands of years ago.
Thousands of years of Jewish history have not been easy ones. We have faced murder and terror in every part of the world where we have lived. So despite the current ominous news reports, I think that we actually have it relatively good right now. What Jew in history would not want to trade places with those of us who make our homes in this holy place?
Rosh Hashana is a time to look back and realize our blessings and give thanks for them. I have quite a few things to be grateful for, but most importantly I am thankful to live here.
- I am thankful to live in a land with thousands of years of history — the history of my people.
- I am thankful to live in a land that attracts people from across the world.
- I am thankful to live in a land where people give up their bus seats for the elderly.
- I am thankful to live in a land where the language of the Bible is the language of the supermarket (even if I don’t always understand it).
- I am thankful to live in a land that has no shortage of young people willing to defend it with their lives.
- I am thankful to live in a land that is not afraid to stand up for its beliefs, even if the world disagrees.
Yet Rosh Hashana is also the time when we look to the future and offer our prayers for the new year. So here is my humble short list:
- I pray that in the new year, Gilad Shalit will be free and reunited with his family — who have never lost hope.
- I pray that in the new year, more Jews will understand how wonderful life can be in Israel and make the leap of faith that we call “aliyah.”
- I pray that in the new year, our leaders will have the well being of the nation at heart and not their own.
- I pray that in the new year, the bands of thugs called Hamas, Fatah, and Jihad will stop terrorizing both Jews and Palestinians.
- I pray that in the new year, Palestinian children will stop being taught that Jews are monsters and the Holocaust a myth.
- I pray that in the new year, no parents have to sit by the phone while their children are in harm’s way in Lebanon, Gaza, or wherever Israel’s enemies live.
- I pray that in the new year, Israel does not have to face international condemnation for protecting her citizens.
- I pray that in the new year, a Jew may build a house and a life anywhere in the land of our ancestors.
- I pray that in the new year, the land of Israel will finally be blessed with peace and justice.
Is that really to much to ask for?
I don’t think so.
Wishing all my readers a happy, sweet, and safe new year.
Next year… with us in Israel.
Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova from our blessed nation.
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