So here it is the begining of the month of Adar B- during this month the history of our Nation witnessed perseuction, bravery, unity and miracles. It has been proven that the outcome of persecution of our people must be met with bravery unity and this will afford miracles. Not always are the miracles immediate i.e. the result of the Holocaust where our families were hunted down and massacred - even those Jews who felt that their identity as citizens of the same countries in Europe and indeed throughout the world would prevent them being counted amongst our people learned that a Jew is a Jew no matter how assimilated he is. And only after this mass murder was the establishment of the State of Israel declared.
It makes one wonder how short and limited our National memory is when you study the history of the Oslo Accords, and all of the resulting negotiations, agreements, the price we have paid in Jewish lives, and the weakness of the Israeli governments on key issues like the sovereignty of our historical regions- Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, Judea Samaria and the Jordan Valley. The eternal heritage that our Nation has can never be given up and we pray for the government of Israel, and the Prime Minister Netanyahu to stand firm and declare to both Obama and the world that Israel has sovereign rights eternally to these areas.
Personally this month is one of painful memories of loss of loved ones alongside of the National meaning of Adar B- and the tradition that with the entrance of Adar we rejoice- yes we do rejoice but also we mourn the loss of our families- my cousins Rav Eli and Dina Horwitz HY"D and Tal Kherman HY"D the daughter of dear friends from Haifa Ron Kherman and the family, and the Fogel , Ben Yishai families who lost their loved ones, the Fogel family in Itamar three years ago, mother father and three of the children HY"D, who amongst others they were murdered simply because they were Jewish.
The pain never goes away and also the knowledge that these tragedies can so easily be repeated because of the endless hate directed against Israel and the Jewish people and our government not demanding that the world accept our eternal right to live here in safety!
Just a few days ago I attended a special session in the Knesset regarding UNRWA and their billions of dollars given to perpetuate, teach and encourage the hatred against Israel - not only the Jewish communities in Yesha or Jerusalem- but all of Israel. The Center for Near East Policy Research documented the Arab schools and how the children are being taught to hate, and murder Jews and how a suicide murderer is made into a hero inside of the schools of the UNRWA. To teach children blind hatred and to ignore the true history of the Jewish heritage here in our eternal homeland and the history of this region is the agenda of the UNRWA and is ignored certainly by the world but also the governments of Israel do not do enough to prevent this. The UNRWA has its own records wherein any Arab child born anywhere in the world - even today - is documented as a refugee from "Palestine" bringing the number of what it calls "refugees" to 10 million people.
It is time especially now for Israel to stand up proudly and declare sovereignty over our eternal Homeland now and forever also in honor and memory of our loved ones z"l.