This has been an interesting week. I’ve attended a bris, watched insane people run over walls, burn buildings and drag bodies through streets, and I’ve celebrated the Birthday of the World. As different as these events are, they are, in an odd sort of way, all connected. They all point to one target – Israel.
Sunday evening was the beginning of Rosh Hahanah – the turning of the year on the Jewish calendar and what is thought of as the Head of the Year. According to Judaism, ‘it is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of mankind’s role in God’s world.’(1) It is a time of solemn introspection, religious services, righting wrongs done to others – knowingly or unknowingly, and a time of great joy celebrated with food, honey and apples and l’chaims. It is about Israel and the God of Israel.
On Friday morning, I had the pleasure and privilege of attending a bris – a circumcision ceremony – at the Chabad House in Oklahoma City. This is an ancient custom, going back to Abraham in the Book of Genesis and carried out throughout the generations, even to today. While there is a move in some areas of the country to outlaw circumcision as a “mutilation,” we must not forget that it is a covenant with God to set apart and establish His chosen people. Again, it is about Israel and the God of Israel.
Between these two amazing events of love and joy, I watched as grasshoppers, locusts and roaches crawled over the walls of our embassies in various parts of the Middle East. These loathsome creatures, like something out of the Book of Joel, rapped, killed, burned and mutilated Americans who were there to serve, care for and protect those very people who became their killers. The lie is that it is about an illicit video, but the truth is it is about hatred in the name of Satan against all that is good and decent and kind. In the end, if truth were ever to prevail, this, too, would be about Israel and the God of Israel.
In the end, there will be another war, another strike of hatred set out to destroy all that is good and decent. But, they won’t win. I’ve read The Book, and I know that it is the God of Israel that wins, and that says it all.