President Donald Trump and his administration have long been on a path to diminish Palestinian declarations of statehood. The Trump administration recognized the Golan Heights as part of Israel, and in a historic move relocated the American embassy to Yerushalayim. David Friedman, US Ambassador to Israel, is recognized for engaging the White House on such a transference, and must be commended for his painstaking efforts since assuming his position.

The recent comments by freshman Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib during a podcast have been discussed thoroughly in the Jewish, and non-Jewish, community. Tlaib, who spun an ahistorical lie that the surviving Jews of the Holocaust were welcomed with open arms by her Palestinian ancestors, has her defenders in the Democratic Party. The nefarious aspect of the defense tactics is not claiming that she is right; rather, they attack the criticizers themselves. By doing this, their goal is to silence their opponents, and this silence has a history all its own.

Not only one has risen against us to annihilate us, but in every generation they rise against us to annihilate us.” These words, recited during the most emotional point of the Pesach Seder, still ring true, despite the incredible freedoms American Jews enjoy. Six months after the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, last week another shooting occurred at the Chabad in Poway, California. A few days earlier, The New York Times published a cartoon of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu depicted as a big-nosed dog with a Jewish star necklace leading a yarmulke-wearing, blind President Trump. Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head in many forms, and American Jews must be knowledgeable of who our enemies are and where they come from if we are to continue to survive.

Gov. Kathy Hochul presented her budget proposal for FY 2023. In her proposal, she pledges $2 billion in additional funding for pandemic relief, which she indicated should go to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) or other rent aid programs such as the Landlord Rental Assistance Program (LRAP). The governor's numbers align with what housing advocacy groups like the Community Housing Improvement Program have been calling for in additional funding over the several few weeks. While the governor indicated the funds should be merged into the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), the funding, and overall budget, will need to be negotiated with the State Legislature. Housing groups like the Community Housing Improvement Program will be mounting a strong public relations campaign and lobbying effort to fight for this funding to be allocated to renters and their housing providers.

What was it about Yisro?

Was he especially

Wise or clever?

What gets a man immortalized

In history forever?

To be in the Holy Torah

Written by G-d Himself

Eclipses any kind of fame,

Heritage, or wealth.

 

Egypt had gods wall to wall;

As high priest,

Yisro served them all.

A man of prestige and import,

A respected advisor

In Pharaoh’s court.

 

A fateful meeting

Changed all that,

In which Pharaoh

And his top ministers sat.

Pharaoh had murder

On his mind,

Though his nation’s greatness

Came about

Through the Hebrews he maligned;

It was Joseph who had brought

Egypt supremacy.

Could he drown Joseph’s people

Without culpability?

Genocide seemed workable,

They were now

Just lowly slaves,

It had been more than

Two hundred years,

No one was coming to their aid.

 

Yisro spoke up,

It wouldn’t fly,

He gave level-headed reasons why:

Though their G-d may seem

To be absent now,

Things are still different

With the Hebrews somehow;

All those up till now

Who’ve attempted their fall

Found themselves

Behind the eight ball.

 

Yisro seeing Pharaoh’s face

Recalled a proverb learned in youth:

Have one foot in the stirrup

When you’re telling the truth.

He lit out for Midian,

At least he had tried,

Went from high priest

To lowly shepherd,

A great empire left behind.

 

Bil’am being quite the persuader

Got Pharaoh behind him,

Extermination of Hebrews

The new agenda in Mitzrayim.

 

Yisro sifted through the evidence

Between the chaff and pure;

He saw mind sets that would pass

And those that would endure.

Saw Hashem’s perfect justice

For him, that turned the tide,

After living all the lies,

He had found the other side.

 

It is every man’s wish

To leave a legacy,

To forever be a part

Of history.

Yisro accomplished that

In a way not many could,

For he discerned and extolled

HaKadosh Baruch Hu’s

Great good,

The truth that had made Yisro run

From fame and glory

Brought him true greatness

As a part of the real story.

 

By Sharon Marcus

 

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