Friday, May 20, 2005

Faith Amidst Kassam Rockets

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov tied the concepts of faith, prayer, Eretz Israel, and miracles together in Likutey Moharan I,7. Today Gaza's Jews provide a perfect example of his teaching.

During the past five years, Palestinians have fired over 5,500 rockets and mortars at Gaza's Jewish communities. While these these communities have suffered a few causalities they continue to witness countless miracles that have strengthened their resolve and their faith. A section in the Gush Katif Hagaddah describing these miracles notes, "We have faith that G-d did not perform all these miracles for us merely so that we could be expelled from our homes."

Rabbi Yigal Kaminetzky, Chief Rabbi of Gush Katif, also recently remarked, "It's simply a privilege to live here at this time. Until now, we have learned about belief - in our yeshiva studies, and when we study Torah and Talmud. But now, we are actually living faith - it is something real, it is taking real shape. It's not easy, but there is a feeling that our faith is getting much stronger, much more concrete. It is a privilege."

The simple faith of Gaza's Jewish residents is an example for all of us.

Here is a way to help our brothers and sisters in Gush Katif and increase our Ahavas Yisroel during these days of sefira.


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