For the week ending 10 January 2009 / 14 Tevet 5769

When All Jews Are One

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
Reflections on the current crisis
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As Jews in the south of Israel frantically race to find shelter from the deathly missiles fired by the terrorists in Gaza, and the Israel Defense Forces battle to put an end to this terror, Jews throughout Israel unite in their thoughts, prayers and actions.

No matter where a Jew lives in Israel he or she feels deeply for the residents of those communities under fire — sympathy for the families of victims, and empathy with those suffering from the trauma of sirens and their aftermath. At the same time there is a sense of profound gratitude to Heaven for the fact that despite the intensive bombing there has been very little damage to life and limb.

Prayers abound in all synagogues both for the safety of the endangered communities and for the success of the IDF to quickly bring an end to this danger.

Actions on behalf of the endangered communities express the kind of solidarity that characterizes Israel, and all of Jewry, in times of conflict. Families throughout the country have offered hospitality to those residents who want to temporarily leave the dangerous areas and a wide range of actions have been taken by both public and private elements to raise the morale of those remaining.

We join all of Jewry in praying to Heaven for the safety of our soldiers courageously battling a vicious enemy in order to provide permanent safety for our embattled brothers and sisters in the south.

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