The most important thing any Jew can learn from the lessons of the past is to recognize those who wish to duplicate it. This past month has seen my blog become my mechanism for discussing current issues that have serious consequences and are far more important than the sale of a book. In speaking of my book I discuss a time when the Jewish people faced an enemy unlike any other they had ever faced in their history. This enemy’s goal was to annihilate the Jewish people entirely. It is with great sadness and extreme concern that with my posts these days I recognize that current events have become increasingly more connected to the origins of my book and blog.
I live in New York City. Missiles are not being fired upon Jewish neighborhoods anywhere near where I live. Thousands of miles away, in the State of Israel, Jews are under attack. What I urge all Jews to recognize is that these attacks are indeed an attack on all of us. Do not rest on the concept of it being a political attack on a government that happens to be Jewish and far away. What this enemy has in common with Hitler’s Germany is that its ultimate goal is the same. The annihilation of the Jewish people.
I am not a sensationalist. I try to not see similarities. I try to see a situation where compromise leads to peace. But when hope takes the place of realism, good people die, innocent people die, and throughout history, Jews get murdered. I hope all good and decent people out there realize how their world is in danger as well, and I urge all Jews to recognize the danger we are all in and to not only show solidarity and support for Israel and its Defense Forces, but to realize that they are not only fighting for the residents of Israel, they are fighting for you as well.