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The New Year 2022 has just begun and there is much that demands our attention, first of all, the Corona pandemic that has the world in its grip. Thanks to science and medical care, it is possible to control this dangerous virus; we certainly hope so. It is the Eternal One who has created this world and who has commissioned humankind to care for the earth.

We know that to a large extent we fail to do this and mismanagement takes place. That paints a bleak picture of humanity. When you are fortunate and privileged to live in a country where you can choose your own representatives in government, you look carefully at who you choose. Good representatives of the people stick their necks out and try to change things for the better.

In this age of unbridled freedom of what comes out of our mouths, some of these good representatives are insulted and threatened. Threats and attacks are also hallmarks of anti-Semitism and its identical twin, anti-Zionism. That is a great evil in the world, which sees Israel, among other things, as the occupier of the Promised Land. Something to worry about at least as much as about the Corona pandemic.

The Land of Israel was given to the people of Israel by the League of Nations (predecessor of the United Nations) and by none other than G-d One himself. By denying Israel, you are also denying the promises and deeds of the Eternal One. Anti-Semitism has been around since the Lord formed Israel as His people and that was with the calling of Abraham about 4,000 years ago.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is a global human rights organisation that investigates the facts of and surrounding the Holocaust. It places the hatred associated with it in a historical (think Israel’s exodus from Egypt and Purim) and contemporary context. The Center confronts anti-Semitism, hatred and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands in solidarity with Israel and fights for the safety of Jews worldwide.

The Wiesenthal Center also provides education on the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations. Haman (representative of anti-Semitism in the time of the first Purim, see the book of Esther) and his kindred spirits today are getting louder again. They threaten with tribunals and the destruction of Israel, as Iran does as one of the greatest threats of our time. Celebrate Purim this year with this knowledge and see what your role is!

Heartfelt greetings,