by Shalom Pollack
It seems that every one is anxious Â to hear if Hamas will agree to extend the Â cease Â fire Â tomorrow or Â as they threaten, “the rockets Â and tunnels Â are Â ready” if their demands are not satisfied.
Am I hearing right? Hamas is a terror group. Israel is a military power..”
I am certain Â that most Israelis, would actually welcome the rockets Â again if that means that we Â finally FINISH the job!
The Jewish people are ready.
At Â the Â same time, Israel has Â never been under Â such vicious political assault and slander.
The UN and its Secretary General bemoan the “massacre” at one of its Â Gaza installations. Just a few missiles were stored in just a few UN buildings. Must Israel “over react”!
Threats of Â war crime trials and the Â recalling of Â ambassadors. are Â making Israelis Â feel they can Â do nothing to please the world. They are Â right.
President Obama Â is Â also very concerned. Every body is Â very concerned when Jews defend themselves and Â do not Â know their traditional role.Why upset a tradition?
But as Ben Gurion said,”It is not important what the nations say, rather what Â the Jews do.”
When tens of thousands attended the funerals of the Â “lone soldiers”, Max Steinberg from LA and Sean Carmeli Â from Texas, the Jewish people Â showed it is “important what the Jews do.”
A popular song is heard every where,”Ten thousand brothers” in honor of the lone soldiers.
Today one Â hundred and eight Â “lone soldiers” landed in Israel.
Â “It is important what the Jews Â do.”
Yesterday, as I was Â walking near my house , I barely noticed Â the street cleaner sweeping near me. I did notice that the man kept staring at me with a small smile on his lips. I did not know if he Â was Arab or Jewish from first glance Â but his look seemed to beckon a word of acknowledgment Â so I said,”shalom”. His face beamed as he said to me.” shalom, how ya doin”? in my very own Brooklyn style.
I Â asked him where Â he was from. He said Brooklyn. He must be the Â only street sweeper from Brooklyn.
Albert explained that he made Aliyah at the onset of the recent hostilities. He brought Â his wife and four little daughters. His Â son was just born this week. His first in Israel.
He said that though he had not had Â a Â Jewish or Zionist education, but was certain that he must make the move for his children. There was no choice. He had to raise them in Â a Jewish country.
He grabbed the first job that came along. “It’s fine for now” We are home and happy.”
It is important what he Jews do..
In this week’s Haftorah portion we will read (Isaiah XL; 9),”Lift up your voice with strength;Lift it up, be not afraid..”
It is important Â what the Jews do…