It can get a little frustrating watching and hearing the goings on in Israel (Lebanon) and feeling so far and unable to assist.
The Baal Shem Tov taught that everything that a Jew hears or sees should teach them a life lesson.
For the last 10 years, Israelis have lived under threat of suicide bombers. In the last year, the focus of terrorism has shifted to Kassam and Katyusha rockets. Suicide bombers have to actually infiltrate an area to cause damage, while rockets can be fired from many kilometers away.
And that just might be the lesson for us. To fight fire with "fire".
Perhaps Hashem wants us to realise we don't have to be physically present in Israel to help Israel. We may live thousands of kilometers away, but we can still "fire" spiritual rockets to Israel.
Every physical occurrence reflects a spiritual reality. Safety and peace in Israel can be achieved through our spiritual intervention.
In 1967, just days before the Six Day War, the Rebbe encouraged men everywhere to put on tefillin. The Talmud says that when we wear tefillin, our enemies detect that Hashem is with us and they become afraid of us.
During other Israel- Arab conflicts, the Rebbe urged people to have kosher mezuzos on all their doors and to get as many people as possible to do the same. Mezuzos bring protection to all Jews- even those who haven't yet put them up.
And he stressed the value of charity. It doesn't matter how much you give, as long as you give. As you give your Tzedokah have in mind that Hashem should protect the Israeli soldiers and citizens and guide the Israeli leadership to make the appropriate decisions.
Send your "rocket" off ASAP and, please G-d, we will see miracles in Israel very soon!
Thursday, July 20, 2006
With all the jitters in Israel reverberating around the rest of the Jewish world, we need to get our focus right.
How to respond? What to do?
The Monday night shiur this week will PG look at a spiritual angle on the crisis in the Holy Land.
See you there, 8 p.m. at Chabad House.