October 26, 2006
Loyalty to Jews or to humanity? There is no ‘either-or’
(Page 2 - Previous Page)The president of Sudan, Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, got it right. He railed at Jews and the Zionist plot for our condemnation of Sudanese genocide in Darfur. He condemned Jews and Jewish organizations like Jewish World Watch for interfering in the internal affairs of Sudan.
He has a point.
Jews do not sleep, and they will not let tyrants sleep.
We honor our Jewish Holocaust by remembering the other holocausts in our world. We give voice to our murdered to speak their message of outrage to a mute world out of the ovens of Treblinka. It diminishes our people's suffering to confine the Holocaust to one moment, to one time, to one place, to one people.
The voice of the Jewish World Watch is captured in the poetry of Rabbi Isaac Kook -- Israeli mystic, talmudist and poet:
"There is one who sings the song of his own self, and in himself finds everything. Then there is the one who sings the song of his people and cleaves with a tender love to Israel, and there is one whose spirit is in all worlds and with all of them does he join in his song."
Jewish World Watch has its song. The song of the self, the song of our people, the song of humanity, the song of the world. When the songs merge, they become the song of holiness.
This speech was delivered by Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis at the first annual State of Humanity Forum on Oct. 17 at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino. Harold M Schulweis is a rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino and founder of Jewish World Watch.
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