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BBC Sixty Second Sermon: 13th March 2016

imageIn synagogue we have been reading about the building of the Tabernacle, known in Hebrew as the Mishkan, a dwelling place for the Divine Presence to reside in. G-d selects its master builders:

God spoke to Moses, saying: I have selected Bezalel of Judah. I have filled him with a wisdom, understanding and knowledge, and with all types of craftsmanship… I have also given him Oholiab of the tribe of Dan.

Why the need for Bezalel’s apprentice? Bezalel’s from the big tribe of Judah, his apprentice is from the small tribe of Dan. The two of them together represent a unity between the tribes to achieve a common purpose. The construction of the Tabernacle is no longer a project by a single dominant tribe but one in which all of Israel participate.

Some of humanity’s greatest achievements have happened through collaboration and unity: our greatest failures have occurred when one tribe has claimed supremacy over others.

In the last 100 years alone: the Somme, Auschwitz, Cambodia, Srbrenica, Rwanda stand testimony to this failure… At the same time some of our greatest scientific discoveries have been achieved when there has been collaboration and the political will to make progress. The last 70 years of peace in Western Europe is a miracle: unity between countries that came together to rebuild prosperity out of war ravaged continent: and in doing so created peace and security: from the fires of war to a relative Tabernacle of peace. We risk ignoring that achievement at our peril.

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2 Replies to “BBC Sixty Second Sermon: 13th March 2016”

  1. People need constant sensitization n reminders for them to speak the same language about anything peace. Thank you Ambassador Alexander Goldberg

  2. Thanks Alex, you are right we need constant reminding and can’t afford to be complacent. What’s coming out of America with Trump and others may seem like a joke but it absolutely isn’t funny at all! As an optimist I find it hard sometimes to feel positive about the world but I feel we always need to try and yes, feel that we should ‘give peace a chance’

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