May 16, 2018 2 Sivan, 5778
TONIGHT IS FORTY-SEVEN DAYS, WHICH IS SIX WEEKS AND FIVE DAYS, OF THE OMER
Judaism is both a religion and a race. It’s an imprint I carry with me everywhere. I was taught to hate prejudice. I was taught the values of loyalty—the values of family. Even though I was not fortunate enough to go to college, I was certainly embedded with strong Jewish values of education and learning, no matter what the form. …We are small in number; our impact has been incredible.
…I must say [my] trip [to Jerusalem] really hit home to me. The very flavor of Jerusalem stayed with me long after I left. I liked all the people of the region, including the many Palestinians I met. I felt a sense of belonging and I thought a lot about my late parents, who would have loved to step on that soil.
(King, Larry. I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl, edited by Judea Pearl and Ruth Pearl, Jewish Lights Pub., 2005, pp. 51–53.)