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  • Writer's pictureJodi Samuels

Am Yisrael Chai

For 8 weeks since we witnessed the most devastating massacre of Jews in one day since the Holocaust we have been shocked by a 600 percent increase in anti Semitic attacks on Jews worldwide.

We have now entered a new stage in this war. We no longer care what you think. Your only basis of hating us is because of our faith, our support of Israel and the Jewish people.

We don't need your support, we don't need your business, we don't need your hatred.

We don’t hate others instead we will continue to bring light into the world.

This week’s Torah portion recounts the confrontation between Jacob and Esau concludes with Jacob asking the angel for his name. To which the angel responds, “Why do you ask,” – what difference does it make? This question haunts us to this very day. Esau appears and reappears with different names, different languages, and in different guises. Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Cossacks, Communists, Nazis, and now Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah. The name is always changing, but the goal remains the same. To break us, to destroy us. 

Jacob was injured during his confrontation with Eisav. He walked away limping, yet resilient in spirit, and strong with his faith. So too, we have been oppressed at the hands of tyrants and dictators. We have sustained many bumps and bruises. We have endured unimaginable pain, suffering, and even massacres. But it has never broken us. It never will. Our oppressors through the ages are gone. But we are here.

Am Yisrael Chai!


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