by David Wilder, Hebron
17 Adar 5775 - March 8, 2015
That revolution had epic repercussions. As can be witnessed throughout history.
Purim, as was celebrated a few days ago, also contained elements of revolution. Not that of creation, rather that of survival. Here, again in exile, Jews faced annihilation at the hands of evil, while ambivalent rulers participated, actively or passively, with masses sitting on the sidelines, waiting for the 'big day.'
Much has been written about the miracles of Passover amd Purim . For the moment, suffice it to say that one of the major lessons learned, thousands of years ago, and still relevant at present, is that we cannot depend on anyone outside of the 'family' to safeguard our being. Our first line of security is G-d above. Our second line of security is to do what we have to do, without fear or hesitancy.
We are at the entrance to another ma'hapach, next week. No, not the revolutionary election of the left, G-d forbid. Rather, when the people of Israel reject the Galutesque acquiescence mentality, whereby we subject ourselves to foreign demands of self-destruction, whipping ourselves, punishing ourselves as the result of a guilt complex, basically apologizing for existing. Suicideiology.
As Bibi said in Washington, those days are over.
Speaking of ma'hapechot: On a much smaller scale.
This Passover will mark exactly 21 years since I began working with the Jewish community of Hebron. The day after the Passover holidays in 1994, I started working in an administrative capacity with the Hebron community. Then, we were a staff of two.
Presently, after over two decades, we have developed into a major organization, responsible for the development and well-being of the Jewish Community of Hebron. Over the years, the community has made tremendous steps forward, despite all the odds and hardships, pointing against our very existence.
The last couple of years, under the leadership of my friend Uri Karzen, have witnessed phenomenal progress in numerous fields, including major renovations at Tel Rumeida, continued excavations at Tel Hebron, restoration of the Hebron Heritage Museum, and much much more.
I have been privileged to be a part of these projects, primarily in the field of 'hasbara' which might loosely be translated as 'advocacy.' Working with foreign media, photography, internet, writing, touring, speaking – whatever it took to get the word out.
However, after 21 years, I've decided the time has come to make a change. Not as revolutionary as Purim or Pesach, or next week's elections, but still, a change.
In three weeks, as of April 1, that being two days before Passover, I will conclude my position as spokesperson of the Hebron Jewish community. I hope and pray that I will be able to continue to make a contribution, one way or another, within other frameworks. With G-d's help I will continue writing articles and posting video blogs, which will be accessible via my Jerusalem Post blog and also at Arutz 7 Israel National News. This mailing list may continue, albeit via a different format.