By now many of you have probably heard a news analogy between the Biblical story of David and Goliath and the horrific assault on Ukraine by Russia with two main ” characters” -David played by Ukrainian President Zelensky and Goliath-Russian President-Putin who is attempting to crush his neighboring country.
CBS reporter, Mo Rocca, met with Rabbi Steve Leder ( Los Angeles) to discuss this modern day version of ” David and Goliath.” Rabbi Leder made his personal stance quite clear. ” Zelensky is a true, courageous leader and Putin -a coward!” ( as most bullies are if cornered)
Zelensky grew up in a Russian Jewish family who were forced to carry papers tainting their citizenship status and acceptance in society-so Zelensky has known all his life how it feels to be subjugated into a lower classification of human being. Thus his strong stance and faith in democracy…
Day by day haven’t we witnessed the courage and acts of bravery play out on the evening news by men , women , and children, ordinary citizens fighting for democracy and their beloved country?
These are the thousands of Ukrainian” David’s” with their homemade weapons, their symbolic slingshots, fighting as hard as they can.
I loved Zelensky’s message to Putin: ” Even if you destroy all our cathedrals and churches -you will not destroy our sincere faith in God… in Ukraine.
When Mo Rocca questioned himself… if he could be as brave as Zelensky… Rabbi Leder simply responded” If you must… you can!”
When Zelensky was asked how he continued fighting against this ” giant ” of an enemy he quietly responded…
” We have nothing but our freedom and dignity-For us, this IS the GREATEST TREASURE!”
For almost three decades I taught the Holocaust to my eighth grade students. On the last day… to sum up how these horrors were allowed to transpire… I read the most important lesson of all.
So until tomorrow…
First Words… Then Action.
Today is my favorite day -Winnie the Pooh