There was once a hefty dispute between David Ben-Gurion and Moshe Sharet. Sharet said, “What will the nations say?” And Ben-Gurion answered: “It doesn’t matter what the nations will say. What’s important is what will the Jews do.”
I agree with Ben-Gurion’s statement, but on condition that the Jews truly desire to achieve unity. No nation or other opinion would then matter to us. We would prioritize our unity over everything else.
The Jews have the ability to bring the condition of living in unity to the world. It is also why we are widely hated and blamed for being evil. There is a common feeling toward us that we host some kind of foundation, a force that can benefit the world, but which we keep to ourselves.
Despite Jews’ disproportionate success in fields such as science, medicine and technology, for instance, the disproportionate amount of Nobel Peace Prizes that Jews receive, we see that it leads to no special love for the Jews.
The Jewish people need to bring wholeness, love and unity to the world, and if we fail to do so, then nothing else we do counts.
In short, it is important that we unite and spread unity to the world through our example and teaching, so that everyone will know that their good future depends solely on unity. We will then all witness in practice what it means to be a “light unto the nations.”
𝐵𝑎𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑜 “𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝐷𝑖𝑠𝑝𝑢𝑡𝑒 𝐵𝑒𝑡𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝐵𝑒𝑛-𝐺𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑀𝑜𝑠ℎ𝑒 𝑆ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑡 – 𝐴 𝐾𝑎𝑏𝑏𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑡’𝑠 𝑅𝑒𝑠𝑝𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑒” 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝐾𝑎𝑏𝑏𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑡 𝐷𝑟. 𝑀𝑖𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑒𝑙 𝐿𝑎𝑖𝑡𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑂𝑟𝑒𝑛 𝐿𝑒𝑣𝑖. 𝑊𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑛/𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝑠𝑡𝑢𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝐾𝑎𝑏𝑏𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑡 𝐷𝑟. 𝑀𝑖𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑒𝑙 𝐿𝑎𝑖𝑡𝑚𝑎𝑛.
Photo Caption – Prime Minister Moshe Sharett with Defense Minister David Ben-Gurion at a meeting of the Third Knesset, 1955
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