The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
Rep. Scott described his disadvantaged childhood growing up in a single parent home, and how he credits his success in life to two Jewish high school teachers who believed in him and pushed him to excel. He spoke about how Israel is his inspiration – because as he sees it, Israel understands that success is the only option. Rep. Scott said that while he is a newcomer to Washington, he has quickly learned that Israel is the only issue in Congress with absolute bi-partisan support.
Yes, I left Washington with a clearer picture of the many challenges facing our brothers and sisters in Israel. At the same time, however, hearing such supportive remarks from elected officials without significant numbers of Jewish voters in their districts allowed me to return to Harrisburg with that sense of reassurance mentioned above.
May God always give our nation’s elected officials the strength to stand with Israel – regardless of what the rest of the world may think. And may God note that we have put in our efforts, and may He now step in to make sure the Jewish people can live safe and secure in the land of Israel.
Akiva Males is the rabbi of Kesher Israel Congregation in Harrisburg, PA. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
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