The people of Israel lives! Am Israel Chai! Last night witnessed a gala celebration of a man and his life, and of a people and their hope. Israeli President Shimon Peres enjoyed a birthday party unlike any other person on the world stage. Although his actual birthday isn’t until August 8, leaders and celebrities from Israel and from all around the world came together in an exciting and emotive way to wish Shimon a happy 90th birthday, with the hope of many more.
President Peres was one of the founding builders of the modern State of Israel, and has served in nearly every major government position available. He is a man who has embodied the Israeli and Jewish people’s dream and hope of a better tomorrow, whatever today brings. It is an indomitable optimism that does not give up hope, despite the reality of futility which constantly frustrates its realization. He has been a politician and a statesman who has never been tainted by scandal, yet has often found himself at odds with the conventional wisdom during the course of his long, and still very active, life. He, like his nation, has a remarkable record of achievement and resiliency. His reputation is honored as a man who has lived according to what he believes. He received accolades of praise that properly belong to another Man. He is a man of the world, and the world hears him. If ever a a person has received his reward in this life, Shimon Peres is among them. If it only ends with this, it will be an eternal tragedy he will forever regret. Continue reading “HOPE DESPITE FUTILITY – 19 June 2013”