Dear friends of the Left Wing,
Dear friends of the Right Wing,
What you are going to read is a call for survival.
Survival of a nation that was able to live up to day thanks to unending miracles. While today that same nation is at risk of implosion.
Our nation is famous for its different thoughts and approaches.
Mental maps so different, one from the other, that they helped us grow up.
The four sons of the Hagada have their own ways to interpret history; the 12 tribes each had its special way of serving G-d.
The Jewish nation nurtured itself on the diversity of opinions, of the different waves of thought.
Discussion, divergency of points of views is one of the holding columns that preserved our nation’s life.
One directional thoughts are not part of our Jewish DNA.
The prophets fearlessly opposed themselves to kings, Moses discussed with G-d.
The Talmud is but the result of unending discussions and dissertations.
However, during the last few months, a part of this equilibrium broke. Discussions are not simple exchanges anymore, but poisoned arrows. Different opinions have become like stones that contribute to the building of walls to separate people who see the world in different ways.
To save with words migrants, we are destroying our nation.
By deciding Israeli policy sitting around a coffee table and tapping on Facebook, we are dividing Jews into bad and good.
To comment on the policy of an American president, we throw away 3300 years of survival.
Something is wrong here.
G-d didn’t make us survive until today to be like this.
He doesn’t want to see his nation nation falling out due to unuseful discussions that move only the keyboard keys and nothing more.
We didn’t survive until now to slay each other on social media and divide people into Right and Left, like they were road signs.
We are sinking our boat with our own hands, the same boat that miraculously resisted the worst storms.
If we Jews are still here today it’s because G-d knows we can contribute an added value.
He trusts that we won’t get lost in the waves of unuseful words directed at a policy that someone else is already deciding.
We are here to do, to help advance, to add more light and values.
We are here to unite people under the umbrella of universal rights, rights that we taught the world.
We are here to say what others are not brave enough to pronounce.
The Jewish soul, of every single Jew on earth, receives its vitality from the deepest level of G-d.
Two of us have three opinions, but what really counts is our essence. That is the same, undifferentiated, indistinct, soul. An essence that does not look leftwards or rightwards but only upwards, towards its Creator.
Our sanctuary was destroyed because Jews, instead of being one against their enemy, got divided internally.
And they didn’t realise that in this way, when everyone sits around his/her own table and refuses to hear what the other one is saying, when we shout on Facebook and Twitter, on mass media, we are playing into the favour of our enemies, helping them in their strategy of our destruction.
And our enemy just needs to sit there and watch and wait.
Hillel and Shamai wore different lenses through which they saw the world. One had lenses of pity, the other of rigor.
Each of them interpreted law in his own way. If they lived today there would be shirts with ‘I am with Hillel’ and ‘only Shamai is right’.
There would be meetings, public demonstrations, provocations. In their period diversity was an opportunity for growth. Today, we would not be same nation without their discussions, which G-d Himself as referee.
Who, at a certain point said: this and this are my living words.
What you read is an invitation.
To stay together, and to discuss in a respectful and civil way.
We are surrounded on the right and on the left by enemies. Let’s not break into factions of right and left.
We are truly a small number of people, yet of we stay together we become many tiny surviving miracles.
Only together can the weak light of one become the brightest.
Gheula Canarutto Nemni