Miracles and faith have an uneasy ongoing relationship. Faith must be engaged and be continued even in the absence of miracles. Yet our relationship with our Creator yearns for the occurrence of Divine intervention in our private and national lives. We must learn to walk a walk of faith that is not dependent on miracles yet is always in anticipation of these miracles.
Years of exile and persecution have taught generations of Jews to look for miraculous occurrences in the world of the Prat, or the private smaller dimension. Miraculous intervention in the sphere of the Klal , or in the national, or larger dimension was always viewed from the perspective of the past and the future.
The present is always relegated to that smaller dimension.
All this was the situation until prophecy and history began to transect and collide.
“Therefore prophesy, and say unto them: Thus said Hashem G-d: Behold, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, O My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel."(Ezekiel 37:12)
Out of the camps of death and darkness a battered and skeletal people arrived on the shores of an ancient land. Those in the world still accustomed to talking about miracles in the past or future tenses did not yet recognize the beginning of a new era.
The process continued to unfold and continued to align with words spoken so many years earlier in the biblical past.
"Fear not, for I am with thee; I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north: 'Give up,' and to the south: 'Keep not back, bring My sons from far, and My daughters from the end of the earth; (Isaiah 43:5-6)
They came from the cemeteries of Europe and they continued to come from the southern shores of Yemen. In time they traveled from northern Africa and were slowly gathered from the west and left the villages of Cush and escaped the Iron Curtain in the land of the north.
Yet most of the world watched and thought how the phenomenon was interesting but so unlike what they were expecting of the miraculous events still to come. Unused to seeing miracles in the present they minimized these dramatic events and continued to miss the unfolding of the era.
Then the words of psalm 122 begin to blossom into reality in the summer of 1967.
“A Song of Ascents; of David.I rejoiced when they said unto me: 'Let us go unto the house of HaShem.'Our feet are standing within thy gates, O Jerusalem; Jerusalem, that is built as a city reunited together" (Psalm 122-1-3)
A city torn asunder is brought back together. Jerusalem suddenly regains its stature as the eternal undivided capital of the Jewish people.
It was now getting very difficult to ignore the miraculous journey of this much maligned people. It is getting harder to avoid the instances of Divine intervention in the unfolding history of this people. The Jewish people were being forced to think , dream and anticipate differently than they had been during the two thousand years of exile.
It was impossible not to comprehend that dramatic and new chapters were being inscribed in the scroll describing human history from creation to this moment. The scroll was being rolled open, the quill is held in hand and it suddenly became dramatically clear that our generations happen to be the ink being used to write out these final chapters.
As I think of Zachariah’s vision:”There will yet be a time when old men and old women will lean on their canes and children will play in the streets of Jerusalem”, I began to realize that the children Zachariah saw in his vision could very well be my children.
When I hear the sounds of weddings wafting across the valley from Moshav Orah , I wonder if that was what Jeremiah heard when he proclaimed “there will yet be heard in the cities of Yehuda and in the streets of Jerusalem the sound of joy and the sound of happiness, the sound of the groom and the sound of the bride”( Jeremiah 33:10-11).
When I taste of the sweet fruits of this land it is clear to me that these were the fruits that Ezekiel were talking about when he declared ”mountains shoot forth your branches for My children are coming home...” ( Ezekiel 36)
It is with that vision and expectation of Divine intervention that tens of thousands of Jews will sing and dance on this upcoming Jerusalem day, commemorating the liberation of this city. Many of our people, who still believe in miracles, continue to speak of them in the past or future tense.Yet a growing multitude though, has begun to realize that our vision and mission is to continue to strive in this world ,not depending on miracles ,and yet always expecting them.
This Jerusalem day will not only be a celebration of the reunification of the Holy city. It will be a celebration of the simple reality of G-d’s constant intervention in our reality along with the expectation of much more in the near future.
Though there are dark clouds brewing in the skies. The possible formation of a government that attempts to ignore or deter this forward match of destiny. We see an American administration enslaved top a doctrine of caving into the enemies of Israel who are bent on Israel’s annihilation, we are also confronting the fanned flames of terrorism in our lands.
Yet one needs to always remember that behind very dark cloud the sun never ceases to shine.
This Jerusalem day will not only be a celebration of the reunification of the Holy city.
It will be a celebration of the simple affirmation of G-d’s constant and unfolding intervention in the history of this people and in the destiny of the whole world
Many years ago, the prophet Tzephania declared words that can dispel the dark clouds even today. Words that herald Jerusalem Day:
"In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Fear thou not; O Zion, let not thy hands be slack. Hashem thy G-d is in the midst of thee, a Mighty One who will save; He will rejoice over thee with joy, He will be silent in His love, He will joy over thee with singing. 'I will gather them that are far from the appointed season, who are of thee, that hast borne the burden of reproach. Behold, at that time I will deal with all them that afflict thee; and I will save her that is lame, and gather her that was driven away; and I will make them to be a praise and a name, whose shame hath been in all the Earth. At that time will I bring you in, and at that time will I gather you; for I will make you to be a name and a praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I turn your captivity before your eyes,' said Hashem." (Tzephania 3: 16-20)
YOM YERUSHALAYIM SAMEACH
Happy Jerusalem day
LeRefuat Kol Hacholim. Lerefuat Yehudit Bat Golda Yocheved