The need for Jews to unify
An essay contributed by a visitor to this site
We learn history so we are not doomed to repeat it; but Jewish history
has been repeating for thousands of years. Ever since the destruction of
the Holy Temple in Jerusalem the Jewish people have been stuck in a
dangerous pattern. The force that keeps it going is the fact that Jews
have a strong tendency to argue and disagree. It seems like a small
problem but it can end friendships, form splits in communities and create
conflicting sects of Judaism. Following the pattern, God sends an enemy to
forcefully unite us. During the recent Palestinian uprising there have
been countless Jewish rallies all over the world showing support for
Israel. When Soviet Jewry was in trouble, Jews all over the world united
for the cause. This pattern of events dates as far back to the times
of Masada. When Masada was not in danger, men murdered each other because
of their political opinion; but when Jewish slaves were building the ramp
that would doom Masada, the slaves were not touched.
It does not always end that way; the year was 70 CE. There was more
then enough food and supplies stored inside the city of Jerusalem to
survive the Roman siege; but it was all burnt by groups of fighting Jewish
zealots. The Temple was destroyed because even when God sent the enemy, we
could not get along. They just hated each other for no reason. Today this
hasn't changed much.
It almost seems hopeless but its not. We always have and always will be
united as one nation. When any Jew hears that a bomb went off in our
holiest city and 15 of our brothers were murdered or that a bomb in Tel
Aviv killed 21 teenagers, we all feel it. We don't need to know what
synagogue the victims belong to, what candidate they voted for or
anything else as insignificant as that- we just don't care. That's how it
should always be, wherever you are, whomever you meet. Just accept
everybody Jewish as a Jew, you don't need to know anything else about him
or her. You may think they observe unnecessary things or don't observe
enough, maybe they even believe something you think is false. It has been
3000 or so years since every Jew received the Torah. Anything may have
changed since then and nobody knows exactly what. Hitler was not concerned
with which synagogue you belonged to or if you belonged to any at all. If
he did not care, why should we? Why must we always be taught this through
cruel persecution? Its time we understand this in peace.
We are like fire. If you separate the embers of a fire, you are left
with scattered, glowing embers, still hotter then normal wood but still no
flame. Together there is real flame, a light unto nations, which can
easily light other sticks that contribute to the greater fire. Individual
actions, another stick to the fire, can make a world of a difference. It
seems as though Jews still can't get along but with your help, we will.
Let us skip the next step in the pattern that has haunted us for so long
and jump to the final stage.
We all pray for the same things, peace in Israel (as well as all over),
the coming of the Messiah and the rebuilding of Jerusalem and with it The
Holy Temple. The Messiah will come, but he can come in many ways, the way
he comes is up to us. He can come when we, the Jewish people, are
hopelessly lost and only God's power can help us. In that case there would
be a huge war filled with suffering, death and destruction; then when all
is nearly lost, the Messiah will come and redeem us. Or, we can make peace
with each other and unify for a common goal, the rebuilding of Jerusalem.
With such unity, we will have undone what the temple was destroyed for,
repented for our forefathers and will all live to see the coming of the
Messiah. Lets forget all our differences and respect each other for what
we all are, Jews.
As stated by my address, I am not out for personal fame but only to
help the Jewish people. Please publish this wherever you can.
Copyright © 2001 by the author