Israel Forever

For the week ending 3 March 2012 / 8 Adar I 5772

The Best Protection

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

The threat of Iran achieving nuclear capability is a major concern of the international community, especially Israel whom the Iranians have publicly designated as their main target.

As we read this Shabbat about the war waged by the Amalekite nation against our ancestors on their way out of Egypt, we should take note of the name of the site of this battle aimed at the destruction of our people. "Refidim" is seen by our Sages as a contraction of two word – "rafah" and "yedayhem" – which means that their hands lost their hold on Torah and they thus became vulnerable to attack.

While military experts in both Israel and the USpublicly express doubts about the ability to prevent the Iranians from developing the dreaded bomb through military action, we must put our faith in the Torah study of our yeshivot as the best protector of Israel forever.

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