Israel Forever

For the week ending 21 March 2009 / 25 Adar I 5769

Chazak, Chazak, Venitchazek

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

Synagogues throughout the world will reverberate this Shabbat with the communal outcry of "Chazak, chazak, venitchazek" as the final words of Chumash Shemot are read.

This rallying cry to strengthen ourselves as we move from one Chumash to another is especially relevant to Jews living in Israel. Faced by the relentless terror from our enemies and the complacence of a world towards those who wish to destroy the Jewish State, there is truly an urgent need to remain strong in spirit as well as in defensive capability.

But this strength must have its source in our Torah, which gives us an undeniable right to our Land. The more that Jews see that there is a direct relationship between loyalty to Torah and security there will be a strengthening of our ability to enjoy Israel forever.

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