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History or Heritage

Friday, 22 July, 2011 - 3:39 pm

 Icons don't confuse history with heritage.  - Charles Schultz

We can take this to mean history is information while heritage is cause for celebration. 

If a birthday is history then when inconvenient we forget about it; if it's heritage then we celebrate it. The same goes for Passover, Shabbat, etc.; if it is just history then there is no reason for celebration.

When the Jews planned to settle in the land of Israel, two tribes requested to remain in "Jordan".  Moses response was that if they would be with their brothers during times of war then they can settle there in times of peace. This story is history.

It is written: "Our father blesses us when we are one". Our heritage is that we are a unified people. As we have seen after 9/11 and more recently after the tragic murder of Leiby Kletzky, it is during times of trouble and war that this unity if most noticeable. It does not need to be this way. Let us show our unity in times of peace and let us show G-d that we don't need a tragedy to unite us. 

Have a weekend of unity.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

P.S. There is a new campaign for Unity in Harford County check it out atwww.OurJewishConnection.com - Uniting people across the Jewish spectrum through support, awareness and connectivity.

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