My wife and I are fortunate to be in Eretz Yisrael for a few days. There have been moments when the Matzav, as it’s called, has been very personal – the siren that sounded yesterday hastened us to a secure room or Miklat. It was the second recent occurrence in Yerushalayim. In cities in the south, it is many times a day.
It binds all the people into one. One, not only in the plight of having to run for shelter. We are one in holy faith. The Israeli people are strong in faith, in Emunah BaHashem, whether they are observant or not. There is tremendous determination on the part of young and old – we are not caving in to terror, we are not wavering in our belief that we belong here, that it is correct for Am Yisrael to be home – in our national home – in Eretz Yisrael.
The very fact that Jewish people stay put and have, in the main, not fled their hometowns is a huge expression of commitment and resolve. It generates encouragement to all of the country.
I visited and spent some time in Yeshivos this afternoon. The sounds of learning, the Kol Torah announces clearly who is in the right. It articulates exactly why we are here – and why we aren’t going to leave. A great measure of Chizuk is afforded by the sounds of Torah emanating from the Batei Medrash, some where our YILC students are learning. The sounds of Torah drown out the effects of the sirens. You can hear and enjoy that kind of sound all day and night in Yerushalayim and throughout this Holy Land. It is the sound that holds the promise of our final victory.
May it come soon.
Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum
Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst