Being a Jew is all about hope. A hope that the day will come when the world will be what it was meant to be. A world where nation does not lift sword against nation, a world that declares the sovereignty of God with every molecule of existence. Every good deed of a Jew, every word of Torah, and every tear of prayer, is an expression of this hope.
When a Jew leaves this world the world loses a person who hoped. We try to fill that void with the Kaddish, the prayer of hope – “May His name be exalted and sanctified” – because it is this hope that summarizes the life of a Jew.
The hope of a Jew is not the passive hope of a bystander. God is orchestrating the events of history in a way that our hope itself contributes to His master plan in an active way. The ultimate purpose of God’s creation is the revelation of God’s truth. The entire world will learn that there is no Master but God and that there is no power but God. But they will learn more than this. They will come to know that the only true place for the human heart is the in realm of hope to God.
“And you will know that I am the Lord, that those who hope to Me are not shamed.” (Isaiah 49:23)
Mankind will look at the hope that Israel carried in their hearts through the darkest times and through every distraction. And all of humanity will see that this hope is the only hope that bears fruit. Our unwavering yearning for the redemption will stand as the paradigm for all of mankind to emulate.
May the Lord guard us and enable us so that our every action, word and thought be a true reflection of hope for the goodness and truth of God.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal