Wednesday, July 26, 2006

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The Fallen are My Neighbors

(Reb Nati just called me with this information...)

Today, two of my neighbors fell in Lebanon, one a father with children, one a son starting to make his way in the world. They fell defending the land of Israel and defending the lives of untold numbers of Jewish people in Eretz Yisroel, the holy land.

As I get off the phone with Akiva, I'm walking together with my community to be with the grieved famlies. I would say we are walking to comfort them, but I do not know how to comfort a wife and children who have lost their father, and a mother, father, sisters and brothers who have lost their son and brother.

These holy neshama's, these holy souls, did not hesitate to the call to defend the Jewish people and Israel. This, while the very homes they lived in and the town they helped build were threatened just yesterday, not by evil enemies bent on killing Jews, but by the Prime Minister of Israel who does not seem to be able to learn from his mistakes.

Today is Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av, the first day of the new month of Av, the start of the 9 days when we mourn the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash, the holy Jewish temple of G-d in Jerusalem. May the ultimate sacrifice, the sacrifice of the very lives of my neighbors for their fellow Jew, as the ultimate ahavat yisroel, the ultimate love of their fellow, stand before HaKodesh Baruch Hu (the Holy One, Blessed Be He) and provide the ultimate atonement for sinat chinam, baseless hatred, for which the Beis HaMikdash was destroyed, and this Tisha B'Av (the fast day for the destruction of the Temple of G-d) may we celebrate it's rebuilding with Moshiach Tzidkaynu (our righteous redeemer)!

And may my neighbors be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim (Jerusalem).

-- R. Nati, Shomron (West Bank), Israel

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