The following is an adapted Twitter thread by Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) CEO Jacob Baime reflecting on the meaning of the holiday of Shavuot, which begins on Thursday:
Shavua tov, friends. This past Shabbat, as we dived into the Torah reading of Bemidbar and now prepare to celebrate Shavuot, we can find profound lessons that resonate deeply with our work at the ICC regarding the importance of supporting the State of Israel.
Bemidbar, the “Book of Numbers,” begins with a census of the Israelites, reminding us of the importance of each individual within a community.
Just like each person counted in the desert, every voice matters in the vibrant democracy that is Israel.
This includes the diverse voices of Jews, Christians, Muslims, Druze, and many others who live in Israel.
It is a nation-state where a variety of perspectives are not only allowed but also encouraged, making it a unique and functioning democracy in the Middle East.
Shavuot, the “Festival of Weeks,” marks the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the Nation of Israel.
This is a profound symbol of the Jewish people’s enduring connection to the Land of Israel.
It’s a reminder that the State of Israel is not just a political entity but a fulfillment of a spiritual and historical promise.
This bond is not just about politics or strategy but about identity, heritage, and faith.
Supporting Israel means supporting a nation that is a beacon of democracy in a region often lacking it.
A nation that respects freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and equal rights. These are values that we, as Americans, hold dear.
Israel is one of America’s most important allies.
Our shared values of democracy, freedom, and human rights make us natural partners.
Our bond is further strengthened by shared innovation in technology, medicine, agriculture, and more.
In our work at the ICC, we strive to foster a better understanding of Israel’s unique story, its incredible diversity, and its shared values with America.
We believe in strengthening relationships between American campuses and Israel.
As we reflect on the lessons of Bemidbar and Shavuot, let’s remember the importance of every voice, the power of unity, and the enduring bond between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.
May we all continue to work towards understanding and peace.
1/9: Shavua Tov, friends. This past Shabbat, as we dived into the Torah reading of Bemidbar and now prepare to celebrate Shavuot, we can find profound lessons that resonate deeply with our work at @israelcc re: the importance of supporting the State of Israel. #Shavuot #Bemidbar
— Jacob Baime (@JacobBaime) May 21, 2023
For more information on the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC), which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., please visit: israelcc.org