Jewish children Singing “Hatikvah” the early 1930’s
The nation of Israel is rich in its culture and history. No one can deny the contributions to our world that have come from such a small nation, having such a small citizenry. Please consider the value to society that the nation of Israel has provided, in spite of the many obstacles that have been placed in its way. The opening video shows a major obstacle that the Jewish people have had to overcome. These Jewish children in Germany, in the 1930s, are seen singing Hatikvah, which would become the national anthem of the nation of Israel. Many of the children, if not all of them, would be murdered in the Nazi death camps during the Holocaust, where bodies of murdered Jews were said to have been used to make soap and lampshades.
The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.” The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were “racially superior” and that the Jews, deemed “inferior,” were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community.
The Jews are a people of great pride for their nation of today, as well as for their history. It is impossible to discuss Jews, or the nation of Israel, without making reference to the documents that relate to their understanding of God, the Mosaic Law, and the prophets of Israel.
This study of Israel is not “religious.” The term, “religion,” has been shown to relate to groups of people whom are attempting to gain favor with their gods. They attempt to attain grace with their particular god, so that they might spend their after-life in a state of which they have no knowledge, but which they believe to be an eternity of paradise. These groups of people do not have an assurance of that which is required of them to find their eternity in such a place of bliss. To the contrary, Jews view their eternal state to be with God, based on a relationship with God, whom they know as Elohim, YHWH (Yahweh), Adonai, Adonai Yahweh, Yahweh Saboath, El Shaddai, which are Hebrew translations for “God.”
As with most non-Jews, my view and perception of Israel is “from without.” As a gentile (not Jewish), having grown up in a city having a large Jewish population and influence, I have come to love the Jewish people, whether they are naturalized citizens from other countries, or if they are home-grown in my nation of The United States Of America. There are many people residing in other nations, as well as in America, that do not share my love or appreciation for the nation of Israel, or of its people. The purpose of my study of Israel is to paint a “prettier face” on a people whom are, all too often, shown as having an “ugly face” in our world’s community of nations. The history of the Jews shows that the nation of Israel has often come under great oppression, from many other nations and peoples, with the result of many Jewish deaths having taken place. Of strategic importance, is that Israel is the only democratically run nation in its region of the world. A variety of sources of information will be used to show Israel in the light in which I see in that nation and its people. In my own country, the nation of Israel was treated by our government with a great lack of respect during the years of 2009-2016.
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