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Why Don’t the Jews Do This?

Christians United for Israel (CUFI) did something extraordinary on Sunday, according to a news release on its second annual CUFI Sunday:

Christian clergy at more than 1,500 churches in all 50 states and more than 50 foreign countries dedicated their Sunday sermons to discussing the Christian imperative of support for the State of Israel.

“We were able to reach churches on almost every continent,” said Pastor John Hagee, CUFI’s founder and Chairman.

“Israel is an outpost of freedom and democracy in one of the most undemocratic regions in the world,” Hagee added. “Now is the time for Israel’s supporters, regardless of faith or political ideology, to unite in standing with Israel as she confronts such serious threats from Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran.”

In a recent opinion piece penned for The Jewish Daily Forward Hagee wrote that attendees at CUFI Sunday services “will leave Church with a better understanding of the dangers of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, Palestinian terror, and the international campaign against Israel’s legitimacy.” . . .

“Israel needs support now more than ever; I am very proud that CUFI is playing an ever increasing role in making that happen,” [executive director David] Brog said.

Now, some rabbis do devote time on the bimah to Israel, but many do not, and certainly there has not been an organized “Shabbat for Israel,” despite the extraordinary threats Israel currently faces. That’s more than a little trouble — not to mention that it’s embarrassing that Christians are doing what the Jewish community is not. But alas, I think we might sooner see a “Shabbat for Global Warming” or a “Shabbat for Nuclear Disarmament” in the vast number of  Reform shuls (which represent the majority of American Jewry). Indeed, Obama seemed able to rope the rabbinate into a High Holy Day for ObamaCare.

It is all a matter of priorities. Perhaps “leaders” in the American Jewish community should re-examine theirs.

Christians United for Israel (CUFI) did something extraordinary on Sunday, according to a news release on its second annual CUFI Sunday:

Christian clergy at more than 1,500 churches in all 50 states and more than 50 foreign countries dedicated their Sunday sermons to discussing the Christian imperative of support for the State of Israel.

“We were able to reach churches on almost every continent,” said Pastor John Hagee, CUFI’s founder and Chairman.

“Israel is an outpost of freedom and democracy in one of the most undemocratic regions in the world,” Hagee added. “Now is the time for Israel’s supporters, regardless of faith or political ideology, to unite in standing with Israel as she confronts such serious threats from Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran.”

In a recent opinion piece penned for The Jewish Daily Forward Hagee wrote that attendees at CUFI Sunday services “will leave Church with a better understanding of the dangers of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, Palestinian terror, and the international campaign against Israel’s legitimacy.” . . .

“Israel needs support now more than ever; I am very proud that CUFI is playing an ever increasing role in making that happen,” [executive director David] Brog said.

Now, some rabbis do devote time on the bimah to Israel, but many do not, and certainly there has not been an organized “Shabbat for Israel,” despite the extraordinary threats Israel currently faces. That’s more than a little trouble — not to mention that it’s embarrassing that Christians are doing what the Jewish community is not. But alas, I think we might sooner see a “Shabbat for Global Warming” or a “Shabbat for Nuclear Disarmament” in the vast number of  Reform shuls (which represent the majority of American Jewry). Indeed, Obama seemed able to rope the rabbinate into a High Holy Day for ObamaCare.

It is all a matter of priorities. Perhaps “leaders” in the American Jewish community should re-examine theirs.

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