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Praying For and Acting on Behalf of Israel

08/06/2014 01:16:20 PM

Aug6

 

My original article for this month has to be preempted. There is nothing more urgent and important to write about than Israel. By the time you receive this newsletter, you will have a more current knowledge of the war that Israel has been fighting to defend each and every individual in Eretz Yisrael. 

What does  not change is the need to keep Israel in our prayers and to act on her behalf.  I will include a prayer toward the end of this message. I want to emphasize that now is the time to act. 

What can we do? I have already sent out a list of  suggested actions, proposed by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Indianapolis.   In this message I want to stress how we can help the lives of the families who have had to withstand a constant barrage of missile attacks, who have lost homes, who have lost spouses, siblings, and children because of Hamas' cruel terrorism.  

Remember that on July 7th, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge to defend itself.  There have been over 2,000 rockets fired into Israel  since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge. Every single one of them has the aim of killing innocent civilians and destroying schools, homes and properties. In an interview, the Palestinian envoy to the

UN human rights council, Ibrahim Khreisheh, commented that Hamas rocket-fire amounts to war crimes, “whether it hits or misses, because it is directed at civilian targets”. He also spoke about how Palestinians were being warned ahead of time by the Israelis when there would be an attack, but there is no such warning to Israelis from Hamas. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed directly our sentiments: "No country on earth would remain passive in the face of hundreds of rockets fired on its cities, and Israel is no exception."  He also said: "We are using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles."

The "Stop the Sirens" campaign is being implemented in collaboration with the  Jewish Federation, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Israel Trauma Coalition, The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the Union for Reform Judaism and other groups.               

Here is the link for you to donate online: https://secure-fedweb.jewishfederations.org/page/contribute/operation-protective-edge

If you wish, you may make a donation to the Discretionary Fund, earmarking it for Stop the Sirens, and we will forward it to the national fund for you. 

There is another fund you may wish to support.  IDF soldiers do not have enough bullet proof vests.  Each vest costs approximately $1,534.00, and they are needed immediately.  To donate now you can go to the following website:http://www.ohelmoshebaltimore.com/vest

 
All funds collected will be used to purchase and deliver the 
protective equipment as quickly as possible. 

In the mean time, daily, let us pray for Israel!

The following reflects our prayers for our brothers and sisters in Israel.  It was composed and translated by Rabbi Simcha Roth and                  Rabbi Michael Graetz. 

May He who blessed our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Sarah,Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, bless the residents of the State of Israel who live under the daily threat of missiles of death and destruction. May the Holy One strengthen their spirit and give them resolve to withstand this crisis until it passes. May it be the will of the Most High to grant wisdom and insight to those leaders of the State charged with conducting the people’s war, so that their actions are infused with courage, wisdom and intelligence which achieve a just goal. Lord of Hosts, the G-d of the ranks of Israel, protect the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces in the air, on the sea and land, those in battle, those on the home front, and all the rescue and security forces. Save them from every trouble and evil design, and cause the works of their hands to be for blessing and for success. May they go out in peace and return victorious and whole to their homes and loved ones. O Heavenly One, bring peace to the Holy Land and eternal joy to its inhabitants, for Jacob again shall have calm and quiet with none to trouble him. And may the verse be applied to us: "But every man shall sit under his grapevine or fig tree with no one to disturb him. For it was the Lord of Hosts who spoke." May this be Your will, and let us say: Amen. 

Rabbi Mitchell Kornspan

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