Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein's Commentary
While the world so often focuses on Israel's faults — be they real or imagined — the true heritage of the Jewish state and her people is one of peace, freedom, and helping those in need.
As we remember the terrible legacy of the Holocaust, we act to create a legacy of hope that provides Holocaust survivors in Israel and the former Soviet Union with a measure of peace and comfort in their twilight years.
As the U.S. observes Martin Luther King Day, let us remember that, as Jews and Christians, we must reject hatred, speak out against injustice, and be united by the shared tenets of our faiths.
In the noisy and politically charged world we find ourselves in today, let us remember that works of man rise and fall, but that true freedom is found in trusting in God. Only then will we truly understand what it means to "live in safety and be at ease."
A new year is a time of both uncertainty and promise. My friends, let us focus today on that promise, on the blessings that will come our way and the good we can do for others ...
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