30 Tishrei 5779
Rosh Chodesh Aleph
Tonight, I was listening to a rousing speech from a fictional US politician denouncing nationalism as "the existential threat of our time." I monitor this source because it is one of the most blatant pieces of propaganda in the American media and it gives clues as to which direction the American psyche is to be steered in days to come.
After equating feelings of nationhood with Hate and Fear of "The Other," there came the ultimate appeal for tolerance and acceptance, the celebration of diversity and the rights of ALL religions and the proclamation that "We Are All Americans." And the first thought that popped into my head was "We [in Israel] are NOT Americans." Though, no doubt there are many who would like us to be.
We can lay no claim to being "self-made," as the Master of the World made us into a nation. We can make no appeal to the values enshrined in a constitution written by our forbears because the Master of the World set a Torah in our hands and inscribed it in our hearts. We actually have to make a huge effort to close ourselves off from those who would destroy us, as our natural inclination is to be open to all. And when we do close ourselves off, it is not from fear or hatred, but out of love, obedience and loyalty to our Master and King - the Holy One, Blessed Be He. As He commands us, so must we do.
This was our pledge in covenant with Him - "na'aseh v'nishmah" - 3,088 years before there was an America and we - His sons and daughters - will remain true to that covenant for eons after America has ceased to be. For it will surely come to its end someday just as every empire preceding it came to its end as well. Only the Jewish nation is forever.
We are NOT Americans. We are the eternal Nation of Israel.