Confronting anti-semitism in Italy

first_img TAGSInspirationRabbi Rick Sherwin Previous articleBlue Darters, Mustangs playoff seedings announcedNext articleApopka Historical Society responds to critical remarks at City Council meeting Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here InspirationFrom Rabbi Rick SherwinA small section of Lazio soccer fans earlier this week littered the Stadio Olimpico with a ‘photo’ of Anne Frank wearing a jersey of their city rival team. Lazio’s “ultra” fan-base has been chanting anti-Semitic and racist “cheers” against rival teams for many years.In response to the blatant anti-Semitism, the Italian soccer federation has announced that a heroic passage of perspective from Anne Frank’s diary will be read before professional soccer matches in Italy this week, followed by a moment of silence: “I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more.”Our world seems to be driven by fear on one hand and hatred on the other. We often feel caught in the middle, with both sides closing in. Perhaps we should post Anne Frank’s words on our wall, then take a minute to reflect on her statement of hope before we go to our home page, before we open the newspaper, before we watch or listen to the news, before we go to sleep at night, and before we get out of bed in the morning.The antidote to the paralyzing power of despair lies in finding a single hook upon which to hang hope: perhaps a vision of what might lie just beyond the horizon, or – as in Anne Frank’s case – just looking up at the sky. charles towne LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! November 5, 2017 at 2:11 pm And a resounding Amen to that Rick! May God take us from ignorance to wisdom, from darkness into glory, and transform us into what He wants us to be. God bless you and yours my brother and my friend, Charles-Chaz-Towne 1 COMMENT Reply Rabbi Rick Sherwin, a graduate of UCLA, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Rabbi Rick’s passion is filling spiritual services and interfaith educational programs with creativity, relevance, dialogue, and humor. last_img read more