It was a big deal when I was growing up in the bosom of what was in spirit an orthodox Jewish congregation in
The date was observed every
I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the
His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the
The date of
"In the living room of our daughter's home hangs a 4-by-6-foot Jewish flag designed by her paternal great-grandfather, hastily sewn from blue and white material in his
But just as the Balfour Declaration was celebrated by Zionists, it infuriated those who are still trying to de-legitimize the Jewish state -- indeed, destroy it. For it was and remains anathema to anti-Semites everywhere while remaining a beacon of hope in the long and uneven history of Jewish-British relations.
We the Jews have served as canaries in the coal mine when it comes to testing
Now and then in that maculate history, a courageous voice like
Identity is a complex subject, and it is only those who would try to reduce it to a simple and brutal choice between Us and Them who would cheapen it. For this country is no melting pot, but rather a rich and ever nourishing stew. God bless an America that has room for all people of good will. We have nothing to fear but those who would try to divide us, first by over-simplifying us. For this is a nation always changing and growing. And when we stop doing both, we will no longer be bearers of the American dream, which is the universal dream.