Aug 14, 2006
In the coming week two dozen Rabbis representing the Rabbinical Council of America will join their colleagues in Israel for a solidarity mission to the Jewish state. They will meet with wounded soldiers, political and military leaders, and ordinary citizens forced from their homes during the current war of terror. They will carry with them the well wishes of over a thousand Rabbis and their congregations, as well as more tangible support, in the form of funds to be distributed for emergency causes.
“We have identified with our fellow Jews to the point of preoccupation, if not distraction,” said Rabbi Basil Herring, Executive Vice-President of the RCA, “But it’s not the same as being there. We do not know how far north the government will even let us go, but we have to try show in person that we are with all of Israel’s citizens at this critical time.”
“No Israeli is untouched by what is going on,” said RCA President, Dale Polakoff. “So many families are bereaved, displaced and traumatized. I feel it is our duty to express, on behalf of Jews everywhere, our admiration and gratitude to Israelis of all stripes for their courage, self-sacrifice, and fortitude in the face of terror and evil.”
“These Israelis,” said Rabbi Herring, “are standing on the ramparts of civilization, fighting, for Jew and non-Jew alike, our century’s defining battle against world-wide Islamist aggression. The least we can do is stand physically beside them, if only for a few days.”