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The importance of our unity

By Yehudit Tayar
6/2/2014, 4:06 PM

B"H

Chodesh tov- may this be a blessed month.  Tomorrow evening is the beginning of Shavuot holiday one of the most moving of all of our chagim- holidays when Am Yisrael united said "we will do and we will hear" with no questions as to what HaShem -the L-rd was asking of us.

What gave us the wisdom to unite so many thousands of years ago and why today do we see  the enormous lack of unity that our people suffer? 

When we were small there was a saying here that "only during times of war are our people united".  Now, sadly, even this is not always true.  We see certain groups joining our enemies and endangering our soldiers by inciting, by making fabricated films that portray our brave soldiers as brutes and inhumane monsters. 

The lies portrayed about our people, our soldiers and our Land can be removed forever if again as in our history we stand together and unite.

I admit that the foods served on this chag are delicious - I love dairy and cheeses, however the thing I most love about Shavuot is the meaning of this chag and how important it is to us the Jewish people and to the world in general to remember that we united to accept the Holy Torah and to live by this.

I for one will never forget the feeling of gratitude when as a young soldier I stood at the Kotel (Western Wall) and received my Bible and rifle in order to protect our Torah, our Land and our people.  Because in order to protect all of this you must have both the Bible- live by HaShems' laws and be able to fight to protect this as a soldier in the IDF.

It is my prayer daily that we are granted true leadership that protects HIS Name, our Torah our Land and people and that we are worthy of doing the same.

Chag sameach.