The Shuk and the Kotel: A Gathering-In
by Moshe Dann (December 2012)
Uniquely, Israel represents a potential that has reverberated throughout history, a dream that has inspired Jews through tragedy, suffering and despair. The shuk and the Kotel are symbols of this process of Ingathering. Secular and holy, these two meeting places symbolize what Israel is about.
After 2,000 years of exile, the State of Israel has laid the foundations of Jewish sovereignty. Although at times conflicted and confused, this political expression of the Jewish people is the basis for building the Third Jewish Commonwealth.
The struggle in Israel between observant Jews and those who are not, between Right and Left, will continue, but, despite political and religious power struggles, Israel represents the necessity and nurturing of Jewish sovereignty.
The author is a writer and journalist living in Israel.
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