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In A Virtual World, We are all Frontline Players

As millions around the globe celebrate the festival of Passover the Jewish people finds itself once again under attack. 

War with Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon and now a direct conflict with Iran. Each entity alone would be overwhelming, collectively it continues to have profoundly devastating impact on the people of Israel. 

In today's globalized and digitized society, the repercussions of a regional conflict reverberate universally, especially concerning the Jewish people. 

What has deeply unsettled Jews is the virulent antisemitism emerging from the political left, evident on the campuses, of elite universities across America. As Sam Altman aptly expressed, "For a long time, I said that antisemitism, particularly on the American left, was not as bad as people claimed. I'd like to just state that I was totally wrong."

Hate doesn’t  operate in a vacuum; it's most often fueled by lies and misinformation. These falsehoods are being disseminated to students on campus by academic elites in collaboration with organizations recognized by the civilized world as terrorist entities.

Our only recourse is to confront the lies and misinformation head-on with unwavering courage. 

We must recount the story of our people, from its inception to the present day, highlighting our enduring values and the unique contributions of the Jewish people to civilization. We have no alternative; if we fail to act, our enemies will control the narrative.

However in order to have the courage and conviction needed to tell the story, we need the knowledge. 

To muster the courage and conviction required to share our narrative, we must first arm ourselves with knowledge.

In today's virtual age, we all stand as frontline players. Every Jew bears a distinct responsibility in this battle for our very survival.

Beyond Israel's borders, it becomes a struggle of truth versus deceit, and our ammunition is a deep understanding of our history. This knowledge equips us with the conviction and courage to convey our story to the world.

As Sun Tzu wisely said, "Know thyself, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories."

In our interactions, whether with friends, colleagues at work, or even chance encounters with strangers, it's important to remember that ten seconds of courage can completely change the game.

Just as Nachshon exemplified when our ancestors found themselves trapped between the advancing Egyptians and the tumultuous sea. It was his bold leap of faith, plunging into the waters, that catalyzed the greatest miracle of all: the splitting of the Red Sea.

Yosef Vogel


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