Sim Shalom, Let Us Find Peace From Anti-Semitism

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Antisemitism has become so ingrained within our society that I struggle to remember the first time I realized I was “different”. For as long as I can remember, police officers have been stationed outside my synagogue in order to protect us from a “threat”. It took me a while to understand what threat could possibly be placed on my people, I simply couldn’t comprehend it. Yet, I continued to move on normally, because it became increasingly more normalized. From being known as “the Jew” to the “kike” and from being told to “head to the gas chambers” to demanding a position from me on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, I am sick of being your joke, your political pawn, your target. We say “sim shalom” in synagogue, in hope that peace will come soon. When will the peace come? With the rise of both latent and blatant antisemitism, I have found myself even more deeply rooted within Judaism. In a world that’s yet to accept us, I feel a greater sense of pride. Judaism has taught me about cultivating love rather than hatred. I stand with all marginalized communities in dismantling bigotry. Listen to our voices. Together, we are stronger than fear.

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