There are many reasons why Israel exists today, why it should, why it must. Sometimes, you can give a complicated answer, and sometimes, the answer is so simple. Today is a simple one. This morning, a plane flew into Israel from Russia. It was a special flight, sent to there by the State of Israel. On board the plane, as it landed in Israel, was a special medical team, and a young man in critical condition. Aharon Alexander is 25 years old.
He was brutally attacked as he left his synagogue in Kiev. He has been hospitalized ever since with head injuries. Today, he was brought to Israel for treatment. Israel stands ready to welcome Jews from all over the world – healthy ones and injured ones, those who live in fear and those who come here by choice.
Every year, thousands choose to come here and make Israel their home – it has been the way for centuries and more. This quiet truth that Israel is home. My grandfather only came once to Israel – he died before he could fulfill his promise and take me here. The first time I came here, at age 16, I was still in mourning for him and despite my sadness, I felt so happy to be here. It was the first time I felt, truly felt, that I had come home, to my home.
Israel was created – or I should say recreated – as an historical correction; a people returning (and again, I’ll mention that there were always Jews here – never since the exodus from Egypt, has there been a time when there were no Jews here) to their land. Israel was created so that the world would know that it could – never again – attack Jews without knowing that there was someone, some entity at their backs.
So long as there is an Israel – there will be no Holocaust. By might, by right – we are here. Today, we brought Aharon Alexander home. The families of those killed in the recent Paris school attack have already announced they will be among those moving to Israel in the near future.
Elie and Lauren are flying home later today; soon, my daughter and her husband and baby will join us in the local park to sit in the sunshine. We’ll all play with the baby and enjoy watching him crawl around on the grass. My children will run in the sun of this land and I’ll relax – another day of vacation knowing, so happy, that I’ve come home, that I’ve brought my children home. That two were born here and that all of them know that they may leave – but there will never be another place for them. I hope that Aharon will wake up, that he will be fully recovered soon, and that he will know he never has to go back to darkness and hatred.
And to the person who keeps sending me the YouTube videos of hatred and misinformation…do you really expect me to post them? To even waste my time viewing them? Really, some people can be so silly at times.
And to those of you who recently celebrated Easter – I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are now enjoying the coming of Spring.
And to those of you celebrating Passover – chag samayah!