Jewish communal leader Rabbi Avi Weiss speaks of how the Jewish community functions best as a symphony orchestra in which there are drummers, flutists, violinists, and so on – and how many in the community have different roles in order for the community to work best. Each one has an important role in the orchestra.
There are many important voices to be heard - Some voices in the orchestra I appreciate:
All the Jews in Eretz Israel – Israel is the center of Jewish life, and the miracle in the desert which exists is one where the people and the land deserve special praise and recognition. Prime Minister Netanyahu who has stood up to remarkable pressure deserves our prayers and thanks – as do the holy soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) who protect the Jewish homeland. As we pray facing Jerusalem lets remember the greatness of the land and the people.
The worldwide Chabad movement – the largest Jewish organization in the world which brings so many Jews closer to Judaism worldwide. The thousands of Chabad emissaries who love Jews, and encourage Jews of all stripes of life to do as many good deeds as they can to make the world a better place. It’s a beautiful thing and one which can only succeed more and more.
Jewish parents, and educators worldwide. My mother, Penny Waga, used to tell anyone who would listen about the 6 Million Jews we owe the Nazis. Children must always hold a special place in the Jewish home and community– and those who bear, raise and educate them of course deserve special recognition and appreciation.
Donors who give generously to Jewish causes and encourage Jewish life. Whether the Jim Joseph Foundation which gave $33 Million to rabbinical seminaries this year or people like Elie Hirschfeld the NYC Real estate mogul who give to so many important causes. People like Dr. Irving Moskowitz who ensure that Jerusalem never is divided, or niteclub mogul Mark Birnbaum whom YJP honored for dedication to the Jewish community.
Our non-Jewish friends – From people in the Christian Evangelical community like Jay Sekulow who present Israel’s arguments before the International Criminal Court at the Hague to protect Israel from kangaroo courts to Pastor John Hagee who raise funds and political support for Israel.
I am one who believes as Rabbi Kook said there is no such thing as a non-religious Jew - there are those who are religious and those who will be religious. Religion is about becoming a better person – more moral, more good and better in every way. Let us all strive to become better people.
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