By Vardah Littmann.
Photos by Rimonah Traub
We had been hearing for months that the Palestinians were intending to go to the U.N. and declare independence on the 20th of September of this year. Then they said they wanted to state their claim on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. But as it was not possible for us to be there on these holy days, that idea was nixed. Then about two weeks ago the date was set for Friday, the 23rd of the September. The assembly of the U.N continued well into what was Layl Shabbos, the 25th of Elul, in Eretz Yisroel, the day that Hashem created the world.
The first Rashi in the Chumash asks: What is the reason that the Torah gives us a description of how Hashem created the world? After all, the Torah is the Book of Laws that Am Yisrael has to follow, so it would stand to reason that this Book of Laws should commence with first law given to our nation, which is the law about declaring the new month.
Bu why was it necessary to recount the story of creation? What was the reason behind this account? Rashi then explains to us that because Hashem is the Creator of the world, the world belongs to Him. As the owner of all the landmass in the world, only He can decide to whom He wants to give which property.
Hashem is the One who took Eretz Yisrael away for the seven Canaanite nations and gave it to us, - Am Yisrael, His people. If the nations of the world come and say we are robbers and “occupiers,” we can show them the Holy Torah where it clearly states that Eretz Yisrael belongs to the Jewish People.It’s not a coincidence that Abu Mazin and his company chose the exact day of the Creation for the declaration of a Palestinian state. This should give us confidence that Hashem is with us, directing the show, and that Eretz Yisrael is ours and will always be ours.
Published in "The English UpDate"