Rabbi Sessler D’var Torah

Denial

A new movie is out this week at cinemas all over the country. It is called “Denial”, and it is about a law suit which Holocaust denier David Irving brought against the eminent Jewish-American historian Deborah Lipstadt. Irving lost the trial, and history and truth were vindicated. Today, Holocaust denial is rampant throughout the Islamic world, and in the Far East the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, a fictitious document which libels Jews as striving to undermine world order, is selling like hot potatoes.

But it is not only our recent history which is being denied and distorted across the globe by hundreds of millions of people. It is also our ancient history which is being denied and falsified, sometimes in the most prominent of diplomatic echelons.

A few weeks ago, UNESCO (The United Nations educational, scientific, and cultural organization) issued a statement about the current status-quo in Jerusalem while completely omitting any historical connections between the Temple Mount and the Jewish people.
Prominent Arab leaders deny that there was ever a Jewish Temple where the Dome of the Rock currently stands. Despite the abundance of archeological evidence which clearly validates Jewish history and our millennia-old connection to Jerusalem, our enemies adamantly refuse to acknowledge the facts.

By denying the Jewish past, our enemies wish to unsettle the Jewish present and rob us of our future. These intentional and malicious historical omissions and distortions are but another front upon which the battle for Israel and Jewish continuity is waged.

This is an intellectual and cultural battle for truth, a battle in which we can all and must participate. As our children and grandchildren find themselves in an increasingly hostile environment in college campuses across the country, we must fortify them with the knowledge and the understanding which will empower them to rebuke those radical elements who have the audacity to deny and distort our sacred history – be it our glorious past in antiquity, or our more recent and tragic genocidal past in Europe, only seven decades ago.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Sessler

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