This past year has been a particularly difficult one for Israel. There are so many in the world who have little knowledge of ancient history and accept the propaganda fostered for so long by Israel’s enemies that this was never the land of the Israelites; that the Temple never existed (not to mention that the Holocaust never happened. The United Nations is in session and Israel is, once again, being treated as a pariah.
This is why Neot Kedomim is such an important tool to show the world that our ancestors were here, both before they went down to Egypt and were slaves to the Pharaoh, and after Moses brought them back out of the land of Egypt. At Neot Kedumim, the wonderful multi-lingual guides are showing the Bible to people from all over the world, as it was in ancient times, and as it remains today, through the many plants, trees and flowers mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments. Old and young alike are learning through active participation in activities that were part of the everyday life in the Land of Israel.
It is only when the Jews started returning to their ancestral homeland at the end of the 19th century that the Land of Israel was restored, by its pioneers and citizens, from a desolate land of swamps and desert, to its original beauty, a land of milk and honey. Neot Kedumim is living proof to its visitors, of the Biblical history of the Jewish People. These visitors leave Israel, with the tools and knowledge available to be emissaries of the truth.
I sincerely hope that in the year ahead Israel will be supported by the truth and that you will revisit Neot Kedumim, or visit for the first time, and join us walking through the landscape which was home to our forefathers and where our Jewish faith and tradition were shaped over more than three thousand years.
May the New Year bring happiness, good health to you and your loved ones, and peace for all of us.