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Israeli soldiers are giving their lives to protect our people, our homeland.
What can we give?


It’s the ancient Jewish idea of cause and effect – that everything we do for a G-dly purpose makes a difference. But while all mitzvot are worthy at all times, certain mitzvot have extra meaning in times of war. Here are four mitzvot you can do in the merit of the people in Israel, and here’s why your mitzvah is not just one personal experience, but the linkage of yourself with Jews across the world in the spirit of the Talmudic saying, “All Jews are responsible for one another”.

Give with your words: Pray for their safety (Why pray?)
Give with your heart: Put on Tefillin (Why Tefillin?)
Give with your soul: Light Shabbat candles (Why candles?)
Give with your wallet: Support a worthy cause (Why charity?)


Take a minute and do a mitzvah today or pledge to do a mitzvah and share it with everyone on this Facebook group. Let us come united for our Israel. 
 


Why pray?

King David has long been lionized as the great warrior of the Jewish people, but it was not just military tactics and superior soldiers that gained him that fame. King David wrote, “My soul has been redeemed in peace, because the many were with me.” Our sages teach that this refers to the prayers Jews from across the divide of his time offered on his behalf. He recognized that his victories were the result of the ongoing prayers made by the public, even those who actively fought against his leadership.

This is a very poignant idea that has strong applicability for us nowadays – “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” is something we all can do, no matter our political, religious or even apathetic views.

Here are some chapters of Psalms that are traditionally said during times of struggle, and are appropriate prayers for our times as well.

Why Tefillin?

A Biblical verse talking about the Jewish conquest of the Land of Israel reads, "And all the nations of the earth shall see that the name of G-d is called upon you, and they shall fear you." The Talmud asks, to what does this verse refer when it says “the name of G-d is called upon you”? And it answers, “This is the Tefillin worn on the head.”

In the spring of 1967, while the world watched with growing concern over the increasingly hostile Middle East, the Lubavitcher Rebbe quoted this teaching, and pointed out that it would be appropriate to advance this Mitzvah and thereby enact this verse. The Rebbe called on people to strengthen their commitment to this Mitzvah, particularly during times of conflict, in order to merit the blessing of “they shall fear you” and hasten victory on the battlefield.

While donning Tefillin in the merit of the IDF, we ask G-d to protect Jewish soldiers in a way that their enemies will “flee in a thousand directions”.
Click here to find your local Rabbi.

Why candles?

A small candle, so goes the saying, dispels much darkness. Shabbat candles were instituted by the Sages as a nod to peace in the home. The mystical moment when Shabbat begins, conveyed in those fresh, flickering candles, is a powerful moment for personal prayer – especially a prayer for peace and a prayer for light to rid the world of the gloom of exile.

Click here to find out when Shabbat begins this week in your location and how to light your Shabbat Candles.

Why charity?

At its root, charity saves lives. Your few dollars can help a person stave off starvation. And it is that concept that reflects back on the giver when the Sages tell us, “Charity saves from death”. In another Rabbinic description, the coins of charity add up to a spiritual coat of arms; each coin representing a link in a chainmail suit protecting the bearer.

Given the urgent situation in Israel as a whole, when we give charity in someone’s merit, we can transfer that protective element onwards – paying it forward in a most literal sense.

Click here to see a list of charity campaigns started for Operation Protective Edge.

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