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A Season Of
Eternal Miracles

RABBI ALON TOLWIN

Special to The Jewish News

W

e are living in his-
toric times. Who
would have believed
that within such a short time
the mighty Soviet Empire
would crumble. The atheistic
armies which waged relent-
less war against God and
Torah seem to have met an
untimely demise. Who
brought this power to its
knees?
I'm going to change the
subject slightly and hold this
question in suspense. Mark
Twain, in a small pamphlet
entitled Concerning the Jews,
wrote, "If the statistics are
right, the Jews constitute but
one percent of the human
race . . . He has made a
marvelous fight in this world;
in all ages; and has done it all
with his hands tied behind
him . : . All things are mortal
but the Jew; all other forces
pass, but he remains. What is
the secret of his immortali-
ty?"
What is our secret? We sur-
vive without knowing how!
This week's
parsha
discloses the secret. We are
not like any other nation in
history. Nations need a land,
a language and a common
culture. We Jews, as our
history has proven, are in-
dependent of these factors. We
Jews only need our God for
existence and identity. We are
God's people. Mr. Twain no-
ticed these obvious dif-
ferences between the Jewish
and non-Jewish nationhood,
he just didn't understand
what they indicated.
Jews, no matter where we
lived, what language and
cultures we shared, have
always been Jews. No matter
what we did to blend and melt
into our host environment, we
always sought out the
identifiable.
Our parsha tells us that
when the nation developed
and the bounds of their power
and dominion were set, they
would never permanently in-
clude the Jews. And again,
our history has shown this to
be correct.
The parsha continues to
emphasize that we are led by
the Almighty. He gave us a
task and in performance of
this task He protects us. As
long as Jews know that God
is our portion we flourished
and reflected His light into
world civilization.

Rabbi Tolwin is education
director for Aleynu.

50

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1991

When we veered off course
and viewed ourselves as just
another nation, God's
response was, as written in
the parsha, to grant the glory
and power due us to other
nations.
"They exchanged Me for a
non-God . . . I'll exchange
them for a non-nation . . ."
Communism was a non-
God. When it first raised its
ugly head with promises of
heaven on Earth, it attracted
many from the Jewish people.
Imbued for centuries with a

Shabbat Haazinu:
Deuteronorny
32:1-52;
II Samuel 22:1-51.

universal messianic concept,
we were seduced by the pro-
mises of the new order and
the collective.
Families were torn apart as
communist Jews engaged
Torah Jews in a fight to the
death. Communism grew and
expanded and threatened to
engulf the entire world, and
with it, extinguish the light
of Torah.
But the Jewish spirit, year-
ning for God, will not be
repressed. Jews rebelled,
challenged in a most Jewish
manner — underground
Torah study, Zionist gather-
ings, groups which publicly
declared, for all to hear, the
hoax of the Soviet utopia.
Nudel, Sharansky, Esses,
Mendelovitz — these and
countless others defied the
non-God and refused to bow.
As they fought, the empire
cracked.
Hasn't this been a
repeating theme in our
history? Doesn't the parsha
prophesize this also?
This pattern was, is and
will be. We are God's nation.
He wants us and will enable
us to continue, down to the
end of time, to lead humani-
ty to freedom.
Mark Twain saw it. We've
seen it. We Jews are eternal.
Our eternity belongs to God.
Let us, for this New Year
realize this and live as our
God wants us to live. ❑

Rabbi Wine
Will Speak

Rabbi Sherwin Wine will
describe the philosophy and
the programs of the Birm-
ingham Temple and of
Humanistic Judaism 8:30
p.m. Oct. 2 in the temple
library.

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