Over the last week we have seen the violence of Hamas escalate, shooting hundreds of rockets into Israel. Israel has retaliated, killing Hamas’ top military officer (Baruch HaShem) and setting off the Palestinians and Hamas to retaliate with more death from the sky. On the positive side, only a few deaths resulted, most being destroyed by Israel’s missile defence system.
Israel has begun buildup for a ground invasion called operation Amud HaAnan – Clouds of Glory, an ancient term referring to the Clouds of Glory which enveloped the Children of Israel and covered them throughout their journeys in the wilderness, is being undertook to protect our Israeli citizens in the south. Some believe this to be a trigger event for the coming Redemption (may it come quickly) and the appearance of Mashiach.
On our Blog page we have for some time now posted our Creed of the Redemption – “Strengthen weak hands and give support to failing knees. Say to those of impatient heart, ‘Be strong; do not fear; Behold, your God will come with revenge, with Divine retribution. He will come and save you.’ ” Yeshayahu 35.3. We believe that HaShem is now answering those pleas and is preparing the way for the appearance of the Son of David – Melech Mashiach.
The Torah reminds us that HaShem is a Master of War. The children of Israel reained undefeated before their enemies as long as they listened to HaShem. May the stony hearts of Israel’s leaders now become the hearts of flesh that Ezekiel spoke of and allow HaShem to lead the way. A recent article by the JewishPress.com quoted Rabbi Kook who reminds us of one of our most precious prayers:
“The Master of wars, sower of righteousness, Who causes salvation to sprout, the
Creator or cures, awesome in praise, the Master of wonders, Who renews His
goodness every day the act of Creation, cause a new light to shine upon Zion,
and may we all be privileged to see its light”
Pray for Israel’s success and that HaShem’s name may be sanctified in the sight of the nations in the coming days, weeks and years.
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from HaShem, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who guards you will not slumber. Behold, He who guards Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Hashem is guardian; HaShem is your protection on your right hand. The sun will not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. HaShem will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. HaShem will guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and forever