Words cannot describe how we all feel right now. There are simply no terms in the dictionary to describe the depth of the pain, the outrage, and the sadness.
But neither can words contain the strength of the Jewish People’s resolve, and the immense power of our faith and our unity. United as one and firm in our trust in G-d, Torah assures us victory over the evil people who are blinded by darkness.
I’m sure just like you, I find myself incessantly checking my news feed, fearfully wondering what is happening right now in our homeland.
In moments of greater clarity, though, I remind myself that keeping up with the latest news will do little to help. Instead, I try to push myself to take on an extra mitzvah, learn a little more Torah, give more charity, or say an extra chapter of Psalms.
Indeed, it is heartening to see how in Jewish communities around the world, individuals are mobilizing to help. Massive undertakings are underway to provide material aid and spiritual mitzvot for the sake of our brothers. Hundreds of people come by the Mitzvah Tank to don Tefilin, some for the first time in their lives! Witnessing these acts of unity and Jewish pride truly makes me so proud right now to be a Jew.
Let’s remember: We are all in this together. And together, with G-d’s help, we shall overcome.
In this week’s Torah portion, G-d tells Noah to go into the “Teivah.” The Hebrew word for ark, Teiva, can also mean “word”. Indeed, the Baal Shem Tov explains this verse as a lesson to each of us. Amid the flooding waters of life, go into the words of Torah and prayer. There you will find refuge from the anxiety, tension, and worries. There, you will find peace.
We pray for healing for the injured, safe return for the hostages, and divine protection for our brave IDF soldiers.
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