For those who do not believe there is a God above, there is! I say this, because the Jewish community in Britain has been at rock bottom lately. Everything seems to be conspiring against us - the Pope, the Holocaust denier, the Church press, those who daub swastikas and graffiti outside our synagogues, on our walls and in our streets ..... not to mention the weather (actually I like it!) and the overwhelming credit crunch.
And yet, and yet ... as I drove past the pickets outside the BBC last week, the ones who are very obviously pro Gaza and anti Israel (if not actually anti Jewish as well), I realised what a risk the BBC had taken in not agreeing to broadcast that charity ad on behalf of Gaza. The chanting was truly scary!
And then, over the weekend, I met a large number of people who were not Jewish, who told me (a propos of nothing) that they really couldn't understand why Israel had put up with being targetted by rockets from Gaza for 8 years or more. 'Like being hit constantly from Wales', they said.
And then the miracle. Waking up quite early, I switched on the BBC Radio Sunday Programme,
and it was about as perfect as programmes can get. Because of the impending Israeli election, the programme was being held entirely in Jerusalem!
As I tuned in, the presenter was waxing lyrical about the view of sunny, warm Jerusalem from the balcony of the BBC studio. He interviewed all manner of guests, including a British immigrant of two and a half years' standing. She explained the situation in Gaza perfectly and also discussed what it is like being a new immigrant.
It was a brave and feisty programme. The presenter was in his element and so were the people he interviewed. Everyone rose to the occasion, even when they disagreed with each other, which Jews do from time to time.
All I can say to the BBC is Kol ha-Kavod.
When I contacted my friend who has helped to arrange political meetings in Haifa before now -including one this evening - she also felt it was unbelievable, and wondered what exactly was going on.
But it's all there in Jewish thought. Maimonides is particularly insistent on the idea. For before the Mashiach comes, times will be very bad and then very good!
And no, I'm not going bonkers! After all, I've got a very special wedding in Israel in May, and I jolly well expect to attend it!!