This past September, Israeli President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin called on Jews of all ages, affiliations and nationalities to discuss, debate and shape the Declaration of Our Common Destiny, a joint project of Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG) to allegedly “strengthen the bonds among Jews worldwide”.
The introduction of this draft of the Declaration, and the invitation to Jews of the world engage in a year-long discussion to complete it, are the first steps in a ground-breaking initiative to craft a new Jewish foundational text. The Declaration of Our Common Destiny will be a catalyst for Jews from around the world to come together and deliberate on the values and principles that shape how future generations within Israel and worldwide, relate, empower, and engage with one another across spiritual and cultural identities.
The president began his remarks by thanking those responsible for producing the declaration, and then said, “The miracle of the Jewish people is not only that we survived for thousands of years. The miracle is that, despite the fact that we were spread all over the world, speak different languages and developed different traditions, we always were one people. Despite our differences, we remained bound by our shared history, our core values and beliefs, our Book of Books, and our commitment to improving the world. It helped that our enemies always saw us as one people. Our enemies don’t see any difference between one stream of Judaism and another: Secular, Haredi, Reform, Conservative, Masorti – for them we are all Jews.”
The president continued, saying, “Today, we face a different kind of challenge. Jewish communities around the world have integrated successfully into their home countries. This has created new challenges to Jewish identity and to the Jewish people. The future of the Jewish people depends on three things: preserving our core values, traditions and identity; mutual respect for our differences; and mutual responsibility to each other. We must embrace our unity, and our diversity. We must see our diversity not as a source of weakness, but a source of strength. When I say that the future of the Jewish people depends on preserving our identity, mutual respect, and mutual recognition, I mean also the future of the State of Israel.”
He added, “As a Jewish and Democratic State, Israel is essential for the survival of the Jewish people. And a thriving Jewish people, our fifth tribe, is essential for the survival of the State of Israel. Today is just the start of the journey. From here the Declaration will go on a Jewish “world tour.” It will initiate conversations between communities, streams and generations.”
“If we sincerely embrace our diversity while cherishing our shared history, then this Declaration can serve as a roadmap for the future of the Jewish people,” the president concluded his remarks….
The Declaration of Our Common Destiny is intended to serve as a touchpoint for Jews around the world and as a roadmap for a unified Jewish future….
Rabbi Sharon Brous, Our Common Destiny Scholar from the United States added: “The growing rifts among the Jewish people are not superficial; they are foundational, and they must be honestly and openly addressed. We need more than ever to hear one another despite our differences, and to work together to determine what our shared Jewish inheritance demands of us in this critical time. Though we face great challenges, as a people and as a State, it is my hope that we leave here affirming our commitment to work, unceasingly, in the pursuit of justice, human dignity and peace.”
The presentation of the Declaration of Our Common Destiny to President Reuven Rivlin was part of the Our Common Destiny Forum, a gathering of some of the world’s leading Jewish thinkers in Jerusalem September 9 through September 11. Among the thought leaders affiliated with the project are Lord Jacob Rothschild, Bat Galim Shaer, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Judith Tanenbaum, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Amos Yadlin, Rabbi Silvina Chemen, Rabbi Yaacov Meidan, Éliette Abécassis, Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove, Professor Jonathan Sarna, and Rabbi Sharon Brous.
So in other words, in order for the original Protocols Of The Learned Elders Of Zion to come to full fruition, Jews worldwide need to stop their internecine squabbling and all get on the same page. Jews can often be their own worst enemies, as they undermine and contradict each other while missing the Big Picture as outlined in The Protocols.
They are a quintessentially “double-minded” people whose one common denominator is hypocrisy and a mutually shared belief that they are universally hated by non-Jews worldwide. That is far too flimsy of an identity to make the Protocols reality, and they know it.
But getting Jews worldwide all on the same page will be a tall task, far more difficult than corralling a roomful of cats, and will no doubt end in failure. Sure, they will release their feel-good “Destiny” document a year from now, but that’ll be only for public consumption.
Perhaps the Jews will need another major catalyzing event, a new “Pearl Harbor” akin to the so-called Holocaust that will galvanize them together, circle the wagons, and ruthlessly push the Protocol agenda forward.