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‘A letter to the nation’
By YISHAI FLEISHER
Our goodness, and our will to fight for it, overcomes our fears, and instead fills us with pride.
Once again our country Israel goes to war. The news media has an nonstop
coverage to the South, and now, even to Tel Aviv. The radio wraps you up in the
drama of it all, they don’t attempt to lighten the mood. Rockets fly at us,
while our army pounds Gaza, right next door. And Jews have been killed. Mira
Scharf was killed by a rocket while in Israel to attend the memorial of Rivka
Holzberg, who was killed by terrorists in Mubmia four years ago. Mira had a baby
in her belly.
Indeed, there are a lot of intense emotions in the county
right now: on the one hand there is the ever present thought of our fellow
soldiers and civilians under fire, and the fear for their, and our, lives. And
on the other hand there is the need to fight, to push back the threat, to repel
the war machine that has surfaced against us, right next door.
So many of
us Israelis are tired of allowing our people to be terrorized, and that is what
motivates us to overcome the fear of the here and now, the fear of the loss of
our lives today in the hopes of a better tomorrow. We are a nation that takes
proclamations and efforts to kill us seriously. And we are tired of the
We have come a long way to have our country, and we are not about
to give it up.
We know it is time to destroy threats that we live with
daily. And this is a message to Iran.
To Egypt. To Syria. Even to Saudi
Arabia. We will survive and we will not be pushed around.
RIGHT NOW, as a
nation, we must set personal issues aside. Personal pains and challenges must
give way to the national issues.
The focus needs to be on helping the
other and coming together. My wife Malkah signed us up to receive guests for
Shabbat from the South, people fleeing from the war zone. I really hope they
don’t need it, but if they do, I hope they come to me, so that I can feel that I
am helping. We all want to help. Many are saying Psalms on the buses and trains
and others pray in any way they know how.
There are tanks, and
helicopters, and rockets and guns out there, and they are very real.
this is a spiritual war. Its about what this world wants to be. Does this world
want to be cowed into submission, or does it want light to finally penetrate the
gloom and dread of terror.
This is a fight for the victory of justice
over lies – Israel is a just cause and a force for good in this world. The enemy
are those who want stamp out our nation, our country, and the goodness we stand
for. But our goodness is willing to fight evil, willing to stand up to
Our goodness, and our will to fight for it, overcomes our fears, and
instead fills us with pride. We should be proud of this war, because we should
be proud to merit to combat evil instead of being a victim to it.
the month of Hanukka, the time in which we remember the unlikely rebellion of
one Jewish family against a whole civilization that wanted to eradicate the
Jewish way. The courage of the Maccabees gives us light to this very day in the
form of the Hanukkia (eight-candled menorah) and it reminds us of the miracles:
The miracle that the light of Israel could not be stamped out, and the miracle
(As Rabbi Chaim Richman told me) that there were a group of Jews who stood up
and were willing to fight for that light.
God Bless the soldiers of
The writer is an Israeli English-language talk show host on Galey
Yisrael (106.5 FM)