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Daily Israel Report

Jews, America, and Independence Day

Rabbi who went from Latvia to New York talks about the Jewish contribution to America.
By Eliran Aharon, Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 7/5/2013, 1:37 PM

Rabbi David Hill went from Latvia to New York and ultimately became a leading figure in the American Jewish community.

In an interview with Arutz Sheva, Rabbi Hill shared his experiences over the years. Among them were several meetings with American leaders, including President Kennedy and a non-Jewish senator who told him, “I owe a debt to the Jewish people.”

He also spoke about the joys and challenges of Jewish life in America, from the Jewish contribution to the American army, Senate and Supreme Court to the problems of Jews ignorant of Judaism and assimilation.

“If there’s one message I would give to our people, it is, to believe in our Torah, to believe in our prophets, who said two thousand years ago that ‘the sons will return to their borders,’” Rabbi Hill said.

“There’s so much more that the next generations will see,” he added.