Laurie's Passover Message
As Jews all over the world these next few days bring to remembrance the story of Passover, they are charged to share this story now over 3,300 years old with their children. It’s a re-telling of God’s freeing of His Chosen People from Egypt and His miraculous preservation of these, His people, as the Angel of Death passed over. I am reminded in reflecting on Passover that in light of today’s new headlines, here centuries later, there is still an “Egypt” and still brave people who will set their course on God’s direction, and under His protection.
Just this week it was announced that Judea Pearl has formerly renounced his status as a distinguished alumnus of New York University. A recipient of the prestigious Turing Award in education and a graduate of NYU with a doctoral degree in engineering, Dr. Pearl’s decision came following the school’s decision to award its Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) organization with a special honor of recognition and distinction for “extraordinary and positive impact on the University community.”
Judea Pearl is, of course, the father of Daniel Pearl, the American journalist who was beheaded by Islamist extremists in Pakistan in 2002. Daniel was brutally murdered for the crime of being Jewish and being a supporter of Israel. Judea and Ruth Pearl stand as heroes, parents who have paid the ultimate price of sacrifice for their faith in this era of rising anti-Semitism, a movement fostered by SJP and other on campus organizations of their ilk. This league of Jewish hatred can be credited in their “extraordinary and positive impact on campus,” run down for having orchestrated an ongoing boycott, sometimes violent, against Zionist students and student clubs on campus, including Realize Israel and Torch PAC. SJP also claims responsibility at NYU for the introduction on campus of a resolution supporting the BDS movement against Israel.
Judea Pearl announced this week that he is leaving behind all connection with "Egypt” in what was once his proud alma mater. May Jewish families everywhere gathered around their Passover table and Christians asking Easter blessings over their Sunday meal join to breathe a special prayer for the Pearl family and their courage to not remain silent in the face of evil. They stand as a shining example for all of us.
I had the wonderful privilege and honor last month of receiving a personal email from Dr. Pearl, thanking PJTN for our ongoing campaign to remove Ilhan Omar from Congress. In that email, he encouraged me to continue on in the fight, and gave me permission to share his own open letter to Nancy Pelosi and his deep concern for the future of America. It read in part:
“Words matter! And the hateful words pronounced by Rep. Ilhan Omar will continue to haunt and poison the future of American Jewry. However, we are concerned not merely with the harsh consequences of those words but with the obsessive hatred that produced them and the ultimate purpose for which they were enunciated—to erode American support of the state of Israel—the miracle that symbolizes Jewish history and Jewish aspirations.”
As Passover is again celebrated, here in the 21st century, reminders that “Egypt” still exists are all around—at NYU, in Congress…the age old hatreds still arise.
But we can be encouraged! The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is not mocked. Exodus 11:4-7 tells us:
“Then there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as was not like it before nor shall be like it again. But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue against man or beast, that you may know that the Lord does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.”
Blessings and Shalom,
President/Proclaiming Justice to The Nations