Replying to a Washington PostPostGlobal 2006-year-end query:
What is your favorite proverb or saying from where you live that you would want to share with the world? What does your proverb tell us about today?
"We survived Pharaoh? We'll survive this, too..." goes the refrain of a popular song released many years ago by veteran Israeli pop-rocker, Ariel Zilber.
Casting a wry and darkly acerbic, yet wearily hopeful eye at personal and national predicaments, the tune tallies a litany of woe, each stanza ending with the tag line reminding the listener that a bit of historical perspective in facing crises is a useful trait.
The song incorporates a traditional Jewish attitude, memorialized in the Passover Seder, of sensible gumption and looking beyond the present peril to better times ahead. And not a moment too soon, taking a quick look up-thread at some of the obnoxious, mean-spirited replies slamming Jews ("Neocons" in WaPo PC-speak) and Israel in what was - clearly - to have been a pleasant, end-of-year multiculti "contrast and compare." Sheesh. Get. a. life. you losers...
And to the rest of the WaPo bloggerati: a healthy and successful 2007 to you and yours.