Internally there is tension too. I was at the Kotel last month when four members of the Women of the Wall were arrested for the horrible crime of wearing a tallit. This, in a Jewish state? And that same week, a 17 year old Arab Jamal Julani, was attacked by a mob of Jewish youth and an Arab taxi driver and six members of the Palestinian Ghayada family were severely burned by a Molotov cocktail tossed at them in Gush Etzion. A week later, Jews defaced a Trappist monastery in Latrun, and then a mosque in Hebron. There is tension.
let my right hand forget what it’s supposed to do.
But I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I know someday it'll all turn around because
All my life I been waiting for
I been prayin for
For the people to say
That we don't want to fight no more
They'll be no more wars
And our children will play
One day, One day, One day…
I was surprised to read in the museum adjacent to the shul that all the Jews who arrived were Conversos, also called Marranos and Crypto Jews. In other words, Jews of Barbados were descendants of those who had publically professed Christianity but privately followed Jewish practice, only then to face the wrath of the Inquisition, first in Spain, then in Portugal, then in Brazil. I double checked this with my friend, historian Jonathan Sarna, and he confirmed that it was likely that most if not all of the Jews of Barbados had "converso backgrounds." Expelled, tortured and ridiculed, they found freedom on this island, and only then, after a century of wandering, could they return to an open expression of their Jewish heritage.
There are many ways to be Jewish, many types of Jews and – many paths to Jewish destiny. We’re all bnei anusim.