Rosh Hashana begins on Sunday night and there is not much time left for posting. The news is almost unrelentingly bad and I really don’t feel like posting anything more about Iran, BDS, anti-Israel activity, anti-Semitism, the delegitimization of Israel, and all the other rotten stuff that fills this blog 99% of the time.
Even the weather is conspiring against us, with the worst sand and dust storm in decades engulfing the country, causing the worst air pollution for 75 years.
But we shall not succumb to pessimism! Instead I’m going to post a wonderful historic video about blowing the Shofar – or rather, the extent to which people went, and the risks they took, to blow the Shofar at the Kotel during the days of the British Mandate. If we think things are bad now on the Temple Mount for Jews – and they are! – they were a thousand times worse during the days of the Mandate when the British actively cooperated and colluded with the Arabs to repress the Jews and strip them of their inalienable religious rights.
Watch this video, be inspired by the courage of those young men. And then be encouraged by realizing where we are now, even though there is still some way to go.
The video is via Arlene Kushner, whose entire post is highly recommended. (In fact all her blogs are highly recommended).