1.Best Day Ever
In Bulletins prior to October 7th there was a lot of concern for the complicated standing of the State of Israel in the eyes of American Jews. On Tuesday, the largest ever gathering of Jews in America met at the National Mall for the March for Israel. Estimates say 290,000 attended. There were Jews from all denominations, Israelis, victims and their families, first responders, students and many supporters who aren’t Jewish.
Here are some of the most memorable things said:
“We all have third-degree burns on our souls. Our hearts are bruised and seeping with misery but the real souls suffering are those of the hostages … why is the world accepting that 240 human beings from almost 30 countries have been stolen and buried alive?”
– Rachel Goldberg, mother of Hersh Goldberg-Polin, who was wounded and kidnapped by Hamas terrorists from the Nova Music Festival on October 7.
For more meaningful moments from Tuesday read "15 Critical Comments from the March for Israel Rally in Washington, D.C."
Andrew Silow-Carroll, opinion columnist for JTA, also was there and shares his thoughts on the gathering here: "In Washington, Jews manage to rally around an intentionally murky message. Will the unity last?"
"It’s the rare Jewish event that can attract doves and hawks, black-hatted Orthodox Jews, queer Zionists waving rainbow flags, secular Israelis and busloads of suburban synagogue-goers of all denominations. And that’s perhaps why — despite the grieving Israeli families, the missing hostages, the unrelenting bombardment of Gaza — the rally took on a festive mood at times. People seemed genuinely relieved to loudly and safely celebrate their attachment to Israel in a crowd where Israel’s existence wouldn’t be called into question, its right to defend itself was taken for granted and wearing a Star of David didn’t mark them as 'colonialists' or worse."
Pictured are Rabbi Kanter and his son Eli, bookends to Lois Kestenbaum McGinnis, Judy Brown and Gary Brown.