I was writing a completely different blog post this morning, but a funny thing happened on the way to my deadline. I was doing paperwork and needed some kind of undertone or background noise — those of you who work from home will know what I mean. (You are also probably like me — very grateful that people can't see me when they call as I take "business casual" to extremes on some busy days.)
I was flipping through the cable channels and found the movie Exodus a few minutes into its running time. I was sure I knew this movie by heart and that I could let it play in the background as I went about my tasks. Wrong. I found myself watching as if I had never seen it before. For a film that has long been written off as hopelessly idealistic and old-fashioned, the extent to which it addresses current issues amazed and, to some degree, depressed me.
It's all there, questions that are, sometimes shockingly, still being asked: why do we need a Jewish homeland, what did the declaration of a Jewish State mean to the Arab population, how can
But in the real world in which we live, we are still trying to address the complicated issues that have faced
So, I was intending to write about the amazing current day story of the renewal of Jewish life in Europe, from
We are observing the 20th anniversary of Operation Exodus, the freedom from tyranny and the aliyah of hundreds of thousands of Soviet Jews. What we are seeing is that there is a vibrant life emerging for many of those who remained. I continue to believe that for all of us living outside of
Rent Exodus over the holiday break. I'd love to know what you think!