Happy New Year
Five Minutes for Israel wishes its readers, friends and all Israel advocates a happy 2015.
When does the circle begin?
Listen carefully because I’m not going to repeat myself.
It was a day after Rosh Hashana and I remember, as a schoolboy and effectively the one Jewish boy at Ashfield Boys High School (there was one a year ahead and if I remember correctly two or three in the younger grades, but my brother excepted, little contact), when one of friends asked me to explain why the Jewish year didn’t start on January 1st. Wisely I decided not to confuse him with the month of Nisan — the first month of the ecclesiastical year (March/April) and Rosh Hashana — the ‘new year’ in Tishrei — the first month of the civil year (September–October). Not least because I’m not sure how much I understand, even now.
My solution was to draw a small circle on the ground surrounded by a larger circle. I explained that a year is the time it takes the Earth to orbit the sun. “Tell me”, I asked, “When does the circle begin”?
Unfortunately for Israel advocates we don’t stop on the last day in December and begin afresh on the first day of January. The war in Gaza which was the advocacy issue in 2014 looks like it will flare up, again; the kidnapping and murders of three Israeli teenagers, Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah turns out to be the beginning, not the end of attempts to slaughter Jews; the Palestinian effort to have the world force a Palestinian State on Israel without any need for anything from the Palestinians, in return; BDS and ongoing Jew Hatred on a level that some say rivals the 1930s ensure that.
I’m not going to repeat myself but if 2014 was bad there is no reason to believe 2015 will be better. So those of you celebrating, raise your glasses; congratulate yourselves on Israel advocacy well done and ready yourselves for a new year of struggle.
- The Palestinians’ Real Enemy: Europe, Bassam Tawil, Gatestone Institute, 28 December 2014
LF- Father Time by Rayaroja