Colors: Green Color

 My father zt”l had a cousin with whom he was extremely close named Moishe Schonfeld z”l. Reb Moishe, who lived in Tel Aviv following World War II, was about as Gerrer chasid as you can get. His wife Malka a”h was the granddaughter of the Imrei Emes zt”l, the sainted Gerrer Rebbe during World War II. He was the baal Shacharis during the Yamim Nora’im in the Ger beis midrash in Yerushalayim for decades and had a very sharp wit.

In B’reishis (32:5), Yaakov Avinu instructs his angels to relate to his brother Eisav: “To my lord to Eisav, so said your servant Yaakov: I have sojourned with Lavan [Laban, in English] and have lingered until now.” Rashi notes the Hebrew word “garti” for “I have sojourned” has the numerical equivalent of 613, the number of mitzvos contained in the Torah. The message Yaakov is conveying, explains Rashi, is that although I was living with my father-in-law Laban, I kept faithful to the Torah and did not learn from his wicked ways.

 I really should be very happy. I’ve been writing and screaming from the hilltops for years that the established Jewish organizations need to do what they are supposed to do and organize a massive rally to support Israel and react to the anti-Semitism plaguing us these days. The silence of these organizations was a disgrace and undermined the need for Jews to respond to the hatred coming from the Congress, college campuses, in the streets, BLM – and yes, from some of our own Jews.

 Someone in my shul referred me to an article by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel (the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue), which appeared in The Wall Street Journal of July 3-4. The article pointed to the classic painting by John Trumbull, placed in the Capitol Rotunda since July 4, 1826 – the 50th anniversary of American independence. The painting depicts the signing of the Declaration of Independence.