Historically, the Jewish people have always been in a struggle regarding the land of Israel and the protection of our Jewish identity. This latest series of events in the Israel-Hamas War continues to emphasize the struggle against foreign entities trying to stake their claim to the land for the Jewish people. I find our current war very reminiscent of past historical events, specifically when the Maccabee Jews regained control of Jerusalem from an oppressive force. It is very sad when history continues to repeat itself with events paralleling the past. Antisemitism has once again been increasing at a very alarming and disturbing rate, which is also reminiscent of incline spike in antisemitism recorded in the early days of Hitler’s rise into power.
Today, Israel is fighting to regain full control over Gaza to prevent future attacks and to protect their land and people, which they have a right to do. Nobody should have to live in fear.
Hanukkah continues to be a symbol of our Jewish identity. As we light the candles over the eight nights of Hanukkah in celebration of our freedom, please keep Israel and its people in your thoughts and prayers so they too can achieve the peace and security they so rightfully deserve.”
Lou Ladinsky is a product manager for LexisNexis Risk Solutions.