Let Us Be Strong

The Torah’s answer to dealing with enemies and critics around the world.

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Comments (17)

(17) Angie, August 15, 2014 7:45 PM

Totally agree with you. I went to Israel in 2013. It has changed my life.

(16) Anonymous, August 15, 2014 12:04 AM

Oops..

Forgot to comment on Rabbi Goldstein's message to say THANK YOU! I want to go back and back to listen and re-listen... so encouraging.

(15) Anonymous, August 11, 2014 3:47 AM

Dear Rabbi,
Todah Rabah for the very inspiring message.

(14) Batsheva Gamoran, August 10, 2014 12:30 PM

hatslacha

Thank you we need those words of encouragement

(13) devorah, August 10, 2014 3:04 AM

very timely

This message is very welcome! For those of us out of the land of Israel, out of the direct line of rockets, hearing and seeing the antisemitism (via media) around the world is very much our onslaught. Its incomprehensibility and blatant falsehood are hallmarks of it's Divine origin. Rabbi Goldstein has zeroed in on a very real and deep fear we face. I thank him for his pointed encouragement and words of strength.

(12) Anonymous, August 8, 2014 7:45 PM

Praise the Lord and Pass The Ammunition

ALL Israelis should be proud to serve in the IDF; and I'm glad for one, that secular Israelis press this point. Does Aish agree?, or how actually is Israel made strong and with what evidence?

(11) Neria, August 8, 2014 5:56 PM

Todah Rabah

Dear Rabbi, Thank you for restoring our courage in the face of all the ignorance and hate here in Europe. Thank you for reminding us who we are and what we are here for. May the Almighty bless you for strengthening and cheering our hearts, minds and souls in these sober days. Shabbat Shalom

(10) Anonymous, August 8, 2014 3:34 PM

Trust in Hashem

thank you, so important to hear, from a Torah perspective.
with all the anti-semitism, and unbelivable bias
We need to increase our good deeds and yes, trust in Hashem, the protector of Yisroel

(9) Miriam, August 8, 2014 12:04 AM

Wow.

That brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful, powerful message...like a ray of sunshine slicing through the dark clouds of all the hate speech I see every day on social media. Thank you.

(8) Searchinmyroots, August 7, 2014 8:18 PM

So very well spoken Rabbi.

You summed it all up so very well.

(7) Eve, August 7, 2014 7:38 PM

Let us be strong

Thank you Rabbi Goldstein, may HaShem bless you greatly

(6) Anonymous, August 7, 2014 2:13 PM

Thank you!

Thanks you so much Rabbi Goldstein, for making sense of all the 'noise' that surrounds us now. I can now, thanks to your clarity and showing me from our Torah, that his is an ancient issue for the Jewish people. I will not be afraid, I will draw strength and share that strength! Thank you thank you!

(5) Blane, August 7, 2014 3:30 AM

Be strong

May Hashem continue to be faithful to Israel and may the world see His Glory. As long as the stars are in the heavens, Israel will not pass away!

(4) Yehudith Shraga, August 7, 2014 2:44 AM

Wonderful Message, thank you!

The G-d, the Torah and the People of Israel are Eternal, our enemies and critics are temporal!The Land of Israel is the Land of the People of Israel, and no other nation may hope to own It, because it is against the Will of G-d: In the Zohar (pg. 270a) on the weekly portion Va'etchanan, Rebbe Shimon says: "In the future, at the end of days, the Holy One will return the People of Israel to the Land of Israel, and it is written regarding that time, "If a lion roars who dares not be afraid?" (Amos 3:8) The commentary on the Zohar then refers the reader to the Talmud (Sanhedrin pg 106a): "Rabbi Yochanan says, "Woe to that umma (nation) that will exist at the time when the Holy One redeems His sons, who would place his coat between a lion and a lioness at the time when one requires the other (to mate) and Rashi adds: "delaying them…. is dangerous." By Shmuel-Simcha Treister, based on Metok MiDevash.

Time and again, fear of G-d ensures life. The Israelite midwives in Egypt are not willing to murder the baby boys who they help deliver. But it is not their natural mothering instincts that compel them to defy the directive of the Egyptian tyrant. It is a different quality that saved the babies – fear of G-d.But we also learn something else from the midwives. “And they did not do as the King of Egypt said to them” Where there is fear of Heaven, there is no fear of the cruel king. A person who has fear of the true King is not afraid and does not obey the criminal orders of a king of flesh and blood. Blind obedience is actually a lack of fear of Heaven.There is another lesson that we learn from the short story of the midwives. For some reason, Pharaoh does not punish them. ...Our Sages’ depictions of his cruelty are hair raising. But the midwives – two women who defy the king – get out unscathed. Why?-“And all the nations of the earth will see that the Name of G-d is called upon you and they will fear you.” (Deuteronomy 28). By Moshe Feiglin.

(3) ssadeghi, August 6, 2014 10:46 PM

Kol hakavod, beautifully spoken

We are all one. Am yisroel chai. Thank you for these comforting words. Please share this with everyone you know.

(2) Hadassah, August 6, 2014 5:40 PM

Amazing message

Thank you for strengthening my faith and for helping me to gain perspective.This message was exactly what I needed to hear...

(1) Darren, August 6, 2014 2:32 PM

True to Point

I would also identify our current existence, as Jews, as a miracle of Hashem. By all means, we, the Jews, shouldn't exist, as demonstrated by millenia of hate, progroms, blood libels et al. Yet, we're here, and, I'd argue we are stronger than ever. Thanks for your uplifting and true works, Rabbi Goldstein! -Darren Lefkowitz, Boca Raton, FL

 

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