New Millenia, New Foot Forward for Indonesia (Randyjw; August 24, 2016)
Toleration and acceptance of Judaism has been considered a hallmark of the Southeast Asian people, as categorized through the perception of the official Rabbi for Judaism in Indonesia, Rabbi Tovia Singer. This revelation is written about in the August 24th, 2016 Breaking Israel News piece, entitled “Prophesied Reconciliation Between Ishmael and Isaac Underway in the Most Unlikely Place”. It is also considered as a possible portent to an assumed reconciliation extended to the seeds of Isaac and those of Ishmael, ascribed by the author of this piece and to whose articles I often refer, Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, to the considered gesture of Ishmael, the first-born son, in allowing the second-born, Isaac, precedence amongst the mourners of Avraham, their father, at the time of his burial in the Cave of Machpelah, in Hevron, Israel, given by Rashi, one of Judaism’s esteemed Rabbis of yore, as the basis for this interpretation of a turnabout in the relations of the two, moreso as a people, than as individuals.
This could, very well, so be the case, and would, indeed, be a much-welcomed new course of action in the storyline of relations regarding the treatment of the nations towards Israel and the Jewish people throughout the sad timeline of its history to the present.
In the piece, Rabbi Singer relates that from the period of about 56 years between 1945 to 2001, Indonesia had an injuncture, of sorts, to comply with an artificially imposed mandate, creating the conditions and consequences for a resultant anti-Semitism. Berkowitz informs us of the governmental changes occuring during this time, which he notes as the decentralization of authority and the expansion of regional autonomy, leading to the dissipation of the rigid obedience to the proscribed mindset promulgated in the past.
I, myself, can sense the great outreach and friendship that the most populous Islamic country extends through the actions of its individual people, despite what the hardline proponents of Islam in the Arab nations exhorts regarding the Jewish Nation. I, as a Jew, thank you and feel heartened by the actions of those who wish to cast off the association to the cruel counterparts operating in your name and hope that the undertaking of this great feat toward peace will lead to its actual, and permanent, realization, sans further bloodshed.
Rachel / Randy
Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “Prophesied Reconciliation Between Ishmael and Isaac Underway in the Most Unlikely Place”. Breaking Israel News.com; August 24, 2016: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/74495/prophesied-reconciliation-ishmael-isaac-underway-unlikely-place/