For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
For anyone reading the reports in the media, in blogs and elsewhere on the issue of natural growth, the amount of material and its complexity is overwhelming. Well, it certainly is for me. It is also, sometimes, frustrating. Take this New York Times graphic presentation, for example.
It appears quite impressive but what it is actually doing is imparting a sense of Jewish dominance, of something slithering along. First of all, besides four Arab cities, where are the hundreds of Arab villages. Second, if Arab population growth were placed on the same map, it would overrun the outlines and become a blob.
I am sure that if I had a real head for mathematics I could explain issues such as demographics, density, birth rates, etc.
I don't so just let me say: I admit it. There really is no "natural growth". It's all unnatural.
Jews have returned home. They are revenants, coming back to their ancestral homes after centuries.
Despite difficulties, terror, opposition from within, pressure from without and many other obstacles, our growth is almost miraculous.
I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"