November 30, 2023

It’s rare for 290,000 people to gather on the National Mall in Washington, DC, to sing “Am Yisrael Chai.” Large Jewish demonstrations occurred in the past, but nothing like this. The rally was organized in less than two weeks, showing a surging sense of Jewish peoplehood and support for Israel. American Jewry demonstrated together in support of Israel, not apologizing. The rally was particularly significant as it countered anti-Israel protests and sent a strong message to Israeli people that they are not alone. The message was that Jews are bound together by mystic strands of peoplehood that are strengthened during times of crisis.