The check-in girl at Ben Gurion this morning told me the flight was overbooked with people anxious to leave the country. I felt uncomfortable being perceived as doing the same thing.
It’s been an interesting few days, seeing two separate Iron Dome interceptions in the skies above my car in the south of the country.
But for me, the most meaningful part of the week was revisiting Yad Vashem, where I took a former classmate for his first time in Jerusalem.
Watching the old newsreels of Hitler’s rise to power made me think of the new Nazi groups like Jobbik forming in Europe. The daubing of Jewish shops and badging of our people with yellow stars drew parallels with the current boycotting of our only Jewish state and the bigoted labelling of its produce. And finally the machine-gunning of tens of thousands of Jews into pits and landfills made me think that, for our people, it’s really the same old story developing again, but with different players and different means of killing.
And then, in all of this misery and depression, something wonderful happened.
I was in the room which exhibits a scale model of the Krema II gas chamber. It’s made of white alabaster, peeled away to reveal hundreds of huddled figures inside,shuffling to their deaths.
As I stepped back to take in the sheer horror of this sight, I bumped into someone behind me.
It was a young soldier in IDF uniform.
It think it will be for me a truly unforgettable moment.
A moment that told me – no, it’s not the same story exactly.
Now it’s different.
There will be a different ending.
Preparing for landing, the cabin staff opened the curtains between economy and business, and between business and first class. These are the rules for take-off and landing, which are the most dangerous stages of any flight.
So also when our people are most at risk, we must draw back everything that divides us and know that for centuries our people have been killed simply for being Jews.
Hitler didn’t distinguish between classes of Jews and neither does Hamas as they extend their range to include the elites in Tel Aviv. We are all in it together, even in the Galut.
We must stand together as Am Echad, Be’Lev Echad.