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Witnessing History

Gershon Burstyn

Reaction from VIPs at the Jerusalem Embassy opening

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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 From left to right:  Rabbi Efrem Goldberg; Rabbi Marvin Hier; Governor Mike Huckabee

Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, Boca Raton Synagogue

What’s it like to be here?

“This is a historic moment.”

 

What does it mean for the Jewish People?

“We don’t need the validation of the outside world to tell us what we already know. We have seen in Tanach the prophets describe what it means to recognize Yerushalayim. This is a turning point in a redemptive era. It is enormous and historical. One can palpably feel the Yad Hashem guiding history at this moment.

“Yerushalayim is described as the oro shel olam. Today that light is shining a little brighter, and that is something the whole world should celebrate.”

 

Governor Mike Huckabee

What’s it like to be here?

“Fulfilling. It is so very exciting, that something like this, which should have happened a long time ago, happened in my lifetime.”

 

Rabbi Marvin Hier, Simon Wiesenthal Center

What does it mean for the Jewish People?

“This is a fulfillment of the dream of our ancestors. The most powerful nation in the world has broken the taboo and finally said that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Not only for today, not only for tomorrow, but always the eternal capital of Israel.”

 

Farley Weiss, National Council of Young Israel

What’s it like to be here?

“Extraordinary. It’s a moment in history.”

 

What does it mean for the Jewish People?

“It’s one of the most important decisions for the Jewish People in the last 2,000 years. When you have the sole superpower in the world recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, recognize the Jewish connection to Jerusalem, and what that means… It’s a miracle that Trump won the election. This would never have happened without that victory.”

 

Jeff Ballabon, advisor to Donald J. Trump for President Inc.

What’s it like to be here?

“Wonderful. A lot of promises are made, but few are kept. It is historic and wonderful.”

 

What does it mean for the Jewish People?

“It means that the Jewish People will be safer in the short term.

“Dozens of other countries are looking into moving their embassies, and President Trump has made the Jewish People safer because his policies have been more assertive.”

(Originally featured in Mishpacha, Issue 710)

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