30 June 2006

When the L-rd is for Us, Who Can Stand Against Us?

“I’m afraid that the future will be just like this.”

Israpundit has linked up an essay written by Daniel Gordis about the effect of Gilad Shalit's kidnapping (and the thousands of things that have led up to it) on Israeli youths and their parents.

Read it. Learn. Get the perspective of what it is really like to live in the land of Israel. Understand that when the news media talks about the "vicious" Israeli military, they're really talking about sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, and nineteen year olds being led by a bunch of 20-somethings at most, who have been raised in a culture that has remained surprisingly normal and successful despite the fact that chaos is constantly trying to creep in and destroy them all.

These are the heroes:

And then a day or two later, the wounded soldier [a survivor from the Keren Shalom attack], still in the hospital, began to speak to reporters who visited his room. “When I realized that I was trapped [in the tank],” he said, “I knew that was it.” And, he added, “I started to cry.”

Prayer for Soldiers

He Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob -- may He bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Forces, who stand guard over our land and the cities of our God, from the border of the Lebanon to the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea unto the approach of the Aravah, on the land, in the air, and on the sea.

May the Almighty cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Holy One, Blessed is He, preserve and rescue our fighters from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may He send blessing and success in their every endeavor.

May He lead our enemies under our soldiers' sway and may He grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is the L-rd your G-d, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you.

Now let us respond: Amen.

Courtesy AISH

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