Day 292 

Tomorrow is Back to the Future Day.  2015 sounded so far away back in the 80s.  And now we’re here.

In more sober milestones, it’ll be 20 years since Rabin was murdered at a peace rally in Tel Aviv.  I was in Israel the night it happened, and I consider this to be the turning point for the worse in recent history in terms of Middle East politics.  And I care about the future of Israel as a Jewish state.  So this is a personal and a political landmark I want to observe and honor somehow.  I just can’t figure out how.  I think maybe I’d like to find a different quote or poem about Israel every day from now till November 4th.  

Quote #1: 

We have rebelled against all controls and religions, all laws and judgments which the mighty sought to foist upon us. We kept to our dedication and our missions. By these will the State be judged, by the moral character it imparts to its citizens, by the human values determining its inner and outward relations, and by its fidelity, in thought and act, to the supreme behest: “and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Here is crystallized the eternal law of Judaism, and all the written ethics in the world can say no more. The State will be worthy of its name only if its systems, social and economic, political and legal, are based upon these imperishable words. They are more than a formal precept which can be construed as passive or negative: not to deprive, not to rob, not to oppress, not to hurt.

David Ben-Gurion, Rebirth and Destiny of Israel (1954), p. 419

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~ by realsupergirl on October 20, 2015.

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