Late September, 2015 is a time of joy for Jews around the world. It is Succot, the Jewish Holiday called, ‘the time of our joy”.
Succot is many things, all of them joyous:
-It’s a harvest holiday. It’s the time of year we celebrate the end of the summer harvest season.
-It’s the holiday we rejoice over G-d’s protection. During this time, we recall how our G-d protected us from harm during our nation’s sojourn in the wilderness some 3,300+ years ago.
-It’s the holiday that follows the Days of Awe. On those Days (Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur), we faced judgment and, G-d forbid, punishment. Now, Succot, we rejoice. We do that to show HaShem we believe with a firm faith He has indeed forgiven our sins.
Jerusalem during Succot is a city of joy. The streets fill with families on what is unofficially a mini national vacation-time.
Schools are closed. Many offices are closed. Tourists appear in droves. People appear festive in both demeanor and outlook.
This year in Jerusalem, Jews aren’t the only people doing ‘things’ during Succot. Arabs, too, are busy.
Here’s a list of headlines for Tuesday, September 29, 2015. In Israel 2015, September 29th is ‘the first day of Chol HaMoed’. ‘Chol HaMoed’ is an important 6-day (in Israel) “interlude” that marks the middle of Succot. The headlines below tell you how Arabs treat the Jewish religion—and the Jewish people—on this first day of ‘Chol HaMoed’:
-“ PM: Armed ‘Palestinians' Violating Temple Mount Status Quo”, Arutz Sheva, September 29, 2015.
-“ Jerusalem: Jewish Youth Attacked by Arabs - Then Arrested [by Israeli police, for defending himself]”, Arutz Sheva, September 29, 2015.
-“ Jerusalem: Two Arab Women Arrested for Harassing Jews”, Arutz Sheva, September 29, 2015.
- “Jerusalem: Arab Teen Arrested for Throwing Stones at Bus”, Arutz Sheva, September 29, 2015.
-“ Watch: Arab MK Goes Berserk on Temple Mount”, Arutz Sheva, September 29, 2015.
-“ Watch: Muslim Mob Pounces on Terrified Jewish Children”, Arutz Sheva, September 29, 2015.
-“ Eastern Jerusalem Arab Youth Arrested for Throwing Stones”, Arutz Sheva, September 29. 2015.
-“ Watch: Angry Muslims Protest as Jews Visit the Kotel”, Arutz Sheva, September 29, 2015.
-“ Hamas: All of Israel is Ours”, Arutz Sheva, September 29, 2015.
Hamas and Fatah hate Jews with a racist hatred. They riot during our holiday of joy specifically to express that hatred. They riot to prove they ‘own’ this place. With a peculiarly violent arrogance, they riot to show you they can do anything they want in Jerusalem.
Does anyone care about these riots, stoning attacks and assaults against Jews on religious holiday? Does anyone question the religious hatred implicit in these attacks?
Tell me what would happen if Jews attacked Catholics on Easter Sunday? What would happen if Jews attacked Christians during the week of xmas? Would the nations remain so silence?
What would happen if Jews in America attacked blacks on the streets during Black history month?
What would happen if, during a Muslim holiday in America, Jews attacked Muslims? Would there be no outcry?
For those blacks and Muslims, there would be much outcry. The entire world would scream in anger.
Do you see what has happened when Jews in Jerusalem are attacked during a religious holiday? The world is silent.
The Jews of Jerusalem live in G-d’s Holy city. They live at the spiritual center of the world.
Muslims attack Jews in the Holiest Jewish city in the world and the gentiles of the world say nothing? That silence suggests tacit approval.
Do you notice the silence?
The nations don’t care if Jews are attacked. They don’t care if G-d’s Holy City is stoned. If they did care, they’d speak up.
Everything that happens in Israel today is about the Final Jewish Redemption. Those Muslim attacks against Jews in Jerusalem are part of the Final Redemption process. So is the nations’ silence over those attacks.
Take another look at the headlines above. Those attacks have two purposes, both related to Redemption.
One purpose is to send a Muslim message to Jews: stay away from Jerusalem. Leave it. Abandon it.
That Muslim message is a pre-Redemption test. Does it frighten you? Does it prompt you to cancel your trip to Israel—or, worse, to cancel your aliyah plans?
Redemption isn’t about cancelling your plans. It isn’t about listening to Muslim messages.
It’s about standing up to shout, ‘this land is mine!…How dare you attack us?’
Yes, it’s about Redemption. If you want Redemption, you don’t cringe in fear. You don’t cancel anything.
That brings us to the second purpose of those dreadful headlines: the second purpose of those headlines is a Jewish Redemption message. That message is clear: listen to the Muslim hate—and then stand up for what’s yours!
It’s about Redemption, not fear.