Wednesday, April 11, 2012

From Israel's founding father

Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion spoke: "300 years ago, there came to the New World a boat, and its name was the Mayflower. The Mayflower’s landing on Plymouth Rock was one of the great historical events in the history of England and America. But I would like to ask any Englishman sitting here on the commission, what date did the Mayflower leave port? How many people were on the boat? Who were their leaders?

More than 3,300 years ago, long before the Mayflower, our people left Egypt, and every Jew in the world, wherever he is, knows what day they left. And he knows what food they ate. And we still eat that food with every anniversary. And we know who our leader was. We sit down and tell the story to our children and grandchildren in order to guarantee that it will never be forgotten. And we say our two slogans: ‘Now we may be enslaved, but next year, we’ll be a free people.’ . . . Now we are in the prison of the Soviet Union. Now, we’re in Germany where Hitler is destroying us. Now we’re scattered throughout the world, but next year, we’ll be in Jerusalem.

There’ll come a day that we’ll come home to Zion, to the Land of Israel. That is the nature of the Jewish people." From the Israel365 Haggadah “This Year in Jerusalem.” Please remember to tell a friend to read this historical account of Israel.

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