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Great Miracles happened there

In preparation for a lecture I will deliver at the local community college tomorrow, I was thinking about “great miracles that happened there during my lifetime”. Each of these is connected to the establishment of Lev Lalev, and the work that we do to help the orphaned and disadvantaged girls in Israel.

The establishment of the State of Israel following the devastating losses in the Holocaust was an epic moment. For close to two thousand years the Jewish people had no country of their own and then through the ashes of Europe the sovereign state of Israel was declared in November 1947.

No less a miracle is the defense of Israel through seven wars and eleven conflicts. Among these, the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War had special significance. In the Six Day War Israel wiped out the Egyptian Air Force in less than twenty four hours and then defended itself from five invading armys. The last of these, Jordan believed the propaganda of the Egyptians and when their army failed Israel was able to take back the Old City of Jerusalem including the Kotel.

In 1973 the Arab nations attacked Israel during Yom Kippur and our young soldiers left their homes and synagogues all over the country, connected with their units and defeated the Arab armies in ten days.
No smaller miracle was there than the growth of the American Jewish community over the past fifty years. In 1964 Look Magazine wrote a cover story called “The Vanishing American Jew”. Ironically, the Jewish communities in the United States have grown in strength and numbers but Look Magazine has vanished.

In other parts of the world there were miraculous events for the Jewish community as well. The collapse of Communism in the late 1980’s helped to fuel a modern day exodus. Close to one million Jews left the former Soviet Union from 1990 to 1995, over eighty percent of who settled in Israel. Many children came without parents and during this period Lev Lalev established special program for orphans from Russia.

During the 1980’s and 90’s another amazing event took place. Operation Moses in 1984 and Operation Solomon in 1991 brought hundreds of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. As George Wills the noted author and commenter wrote “This was the first time in history when Blacks from Africa were brought out of their country not as slaves but as free men and woman”. Again, Lev Lalev played a role, helping to feed, cloth, and help the children from Addis Ababa.

We live in a time of miracles- sometimes we see them- sometimes we need to look for them and seek them out. The very fact that since 1961 Lev Lalev has helped countless numbers of orphans is in itself a miracle. How else can we describe an organization established by a Rabbi who lost a wife and eleven children in the Holocaust? How else can we describe the amazing partnership we have with friends and supporters from all over the world? How else can we celebrate the marriages of orphaned brides who spent many years in our Home, and who walk down to the chupah with happiness and dignity?

miracles-happenYes, great miracles happen here and there.

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