Gaza: The Spiritual Response
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Gaza: The Spiritual Response

Gaza: The Spiritual Response

How you can join the battle.

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We’ve heard a lot about the incredible success of Iron Dome, Israel’s anti-missile system that has successfully intercepted hundreds of Gaza rockets.

In Hebrew, the word for “dome” is kippah – the same word used for the Jewish head covering.

In Judaism, the physical and the spiritual comprise two sides to every battle.

The Midrash relates that during the Jewish war against Midian (Numbers ch. 31), every soldier that went out to battle had another person designated to pray and study Torah for him.

Similarly in the days of King David, the uniquely Jewish two-pronged attack consisted of weapons and prayer (Talmud – Makkot 10a).

The army trains its soldiers to think in terms of a unit. In the same way, the Jewish people today need to think in terms of our collective unit. The only way to overcome our enemies is by banding together.

Maimonides writes that it is a mitzvah to pray during troubled times. Failure to pray is cruelty, he says, since that could cause things to get worse. Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch of Jerusalem explains:

If the Almighty shows us miracles and we do not respond by strengthening ourselves spiritually… then we are handed over to the forces of natural law and the missiles inexplicably will begin to hit their targets with greater frequency. That means the lives of our fellow Jews – our brothers and sisters living in Israel – are in mortal danger.

That is why we must raise our level of consciousness of God’s Presence, to the point where we become worthy of supernatural treatment.

Each of us has the opportunity to aid the Israeli war effort. A new grassroots program pairs individuals worldwide with an Israeli soldier or endangered resident. When you sign up, you will receive a soldiers’ Hebrew name.

By doing acts of kindness and praying in the name of this soldier or resident, you can add to their spiritual merit and partner in the war effort.

Everyone – young and old, rich and poor, left and right – can participate.

It’s simple, one-on-one, and powerful.

Regarding the threat to Israel, renowned Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman said:

“People don’t understand – or don’t want to understand – how dangerous our situation is in the Land of Israel. There are threats every moment, and if God did not protect us, there would be complete chaos. Every prayer is important… God wants our prayers, so He tries to shake us up however He can, so that people will start to pray.”

These prayers will invoke in ourselves a greater awareness that it is ultimately God, and not political events, which are crucial to our welfare.

In addition, the soldiers (and their families) appreciate the reassurance that Jews around the world are spiritually supporting them. This brings about unity, connectedness and spiritual protection for the Jewish people.

Think of it as guard duty for the rest of us.

To participate in praying, or to sign up a soldier that you know, visit: www.shmiraproject.com

Or call: Israel 02-581-1911 / USA: 443-203-8592

In the merit of joining together, may we see a speedy and successful end to Operation Pillar of Defense, with no further casualties.

Prayer for the Soldiers

He Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – may He bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Forces, who stand guard over our land and the cities of our God, from the border of Lebanon to the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea unto the approach of the Aravah, on the land, in the air, and on the sea.

May the Almighty cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Holy One, Blessed is He, preserve and rescue our fighters from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may He send blessing and success in their every endeavor.

May He lead our enemies under our soldiers’ sway and may He grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is the Lord your God, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you.

Prayer for Israeli Soldiers

Published: November 21, 2012


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Visitor Comments: 8

(7) Regina, November 23, 2012 3:52 AM

Unity is the key!

This is a wonderful article and you have given us a clear pathway to help. Let's band together - pray for just one person and, ultimately, we pray for our entire people. Hashem blesses Am Yisroel when we love and care for each other...may all our brothers and sisters be safe. AM YISROEL CHAI V"HAZAK - B'ECHAD.

(6) Anonymous, November 22, 2012 6:54 PM

Great article!

(5) BenK, November 22, 2012 5:20 PM

Regarding Israeli Leaders Mentioning Divine Help

I think it is great that Prime Minister Netanyahu very often invokes the age old Jewish connection to Israel and especially Jerusalem including invoking our anscestors King David and even Benjamin son of Jacob. I remember President Bush said the L-rd is My Shepard at the start of 9/11. The Torah often rails against us if we preceive our accomplishments are due to our own strengths and valor as opposed to acknowledging G-ds Help. Please let us implore PM Netanyahoo to further aid Israel by also mentioning help from "Our Father In Heaven" or the "Protector of Israel that is in Heaven". Here is the link to contact the PM office. http://www.pmo.gov.il/English/PrimeMinister/Pages/ContactUs.aspx

(4) Anonymous, November 22, 2012 3:03 AM

I'm so surprised that the website www.shmiraproject.com went viral. People want to pray for soldiers.

I wouldn't have thought that people would want to pray for someone else. I've heard that if you pray for someone else first that your own prayers are answered. Is that true?

Miriam, November 23, 2012 3:22 PM

Imagine

Imagine that you and your sister both wanted to go to a certain camp/school/trip very badly. You "needed" to go because of very valid reasons, and your father knew that. However, your father was poor and only had money for one of you to go. Now imagine going over to your father and saying, "Dad, I know you only have money for one of us to go, and I know how much this would mean for my sister. Please, give the money to her." Any parent would break down in tears on the spot, and give you anything they could. If possible, your Father would probably let you both go, for your selflessness. Now to compare with our Father in heaven Who can do anything, if you show how much you care for your sister/brother, He will shower you with blessings.

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