“Will you join me in hearing the case for keeping weapons from those who preach death to Israel and America?”
NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE
Many centuries ago a wicked man in Persia named Haman advised: “There exists
a nation scattered and dispersed among the others… It is not in our interest to tolerate them.”
And the order went out to all the provinces, to “annihilate, murder and destroy the Jews, young and old, children and women.”
Now Iran, modern Persia, has produced a new enemy. The Ayatollah Khamenei has been as clear as his predecessor in declaring his goal: “the annihilation and destruction” of Israel. He is bent on acquiring the weapons needed to make good on the deadly promise.
The disaster of ages past was averted, but the event is remembered in the holiday of Purim. On March 5th, Jewish children in synagogues around the world will shout down the name of Haman when it is pronounced in the Book of Esther. They understand a simple truth that at times eludes world leaders: When someone in power threatens your destruction, you must loudly condemn him.
On the day before Purim the Prime Minister of Israel will address Congress on the catastrophic danger of a nuclear Iran. I intend to be there. Should we not show our support for what might be the last clear warning before a terrible deal is struck? Santayana wrote that those who cannot remember history are condemned to repeat it. I believe that those who deny history – specifically the Holocaust – are determined to repeat it. President Obama, Vice President Biden, distinguished members of Congress,
I ask you – As one who has seen the enemies of the Jewish people make good on threats to exterminate us, how can I remain silent?
As Queen Esther said when addressing her King: “How can I behold the destruction of my people?”
I plead with you to put aside the politics that have obscured the critical decisions to be made. Surely it is within your power to find a solution that will permit Israel’s Prime Minister to deliver his urgent message.
Will you join me in hearing the case for keeping weapons from those who preach death to Israel and America?
In traditional Jewish families we close the Sabbath with the lighting of the Havdalah candle and a quote from the Book of Esther retelling how danger was replaced by light and happiness, and the blessing: “And so may it be for us.”
This ad was organized, produced and paid for by
This World: The Values Network, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Executive Director.
New York, NY – February 12, 2015 –This World: The Values Network, has announced today in a new advertorial campaign that Nobel Prize-winning writer, political activist and Holocaust survivor, Professor Elie Wiesel, will attend Prime Minister Netanyahu’s congressional speech about Iran on March 3rd. A full-page advertisement declaring Wiesel’s intention to attend Netanyahu’s speech will appear in The New York Times on February 14th to be followed by The Washington Post.
Signifying the urgent threat that a nuclear Iran portends for Israel and the rest of the world, Wiesel directly addresses President Obama, Vice President Biden and distinguished members of Congress, and asks them support Netanyahu’s right to call attention to the crisis. In the advertisement he states, “As one who has seen the enemies of the Jewish people make good on threats to exterminate us, how can I remain silent?”
“I plead with you to put aside the politics that have obscured the critical decisions to be made,” Professor Wiesel states. “Surely it is within your power to find a solution that will permit Israel’s Prime Minister to deliver his urgent message. Will you join me in hearing the case for keeping weapons from those who preach death to Israel and America?”
“There are few personalities more respected and admired in the entire world than Professor Wiesel,” said Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Executive Director of This World. “He represents a conscience of mankind. As someone who witnessed the devastating genocide of the Jews first hand, Professor Wiesel clearly understands the stakes of an Iranian nuclear power. He is the living face of the 6 million victims of the Holocaust.”
Showcasing continued support for Israel, Rabbi Shmuley has been invited to the WIZO 2015 Gala at the Diplomat Hotel on February 12th to introduce his former Oxford student, Ambassador of Israel to the United States Ron Dermer.
“Ambassador Dermer is a hero and lion of the Jewish people, fighting every day in the American capitol to alert the world to the danger of a nuclear-armed Iran,” Rabbi Shmuley stated in an article in the New York Observer titled “NYU Hillel Refuses to Promote Israel’s UN Ambassador.” “I am honored to introduce Ron to a live WIZO audience and I’m grateful for the opportunity to publicly thank him for all his sacrifice on behalf of the Jewish state.”
About This World: The Values Network: This World: the Values Network’s mission is to disseminate universal Jewish values in politics, culture, and media, making the Jewish people a light unto the nations. Based on the teachings of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the goal of This World: The Values Network is to bring universal Jewish values to mainstream American culture and beyond. Rabbi Shmuley’s teachings provide a means for healing and strengthening families, diverting society’s focus from material greed and inspiring children to practice caring and compassionate relationships. Their renowned lectures, debates, radio and TV broadcasts, religious services, websites, social media, and published essays cater to a broad international audience. The goal is to inspire people to apply Jewish values into their everyday lives, ultimately conveying Jewish values in print and on the airwaves to both help America heal some of its greatest ills and to inspire Jewish youth with the power of its ideas.