Rabbi Milevsky's Thought of the Week: Tazria/Metzorah - 5773
OUR RESPONSIBILTY IN CONNECTING TO ISRAEL
This coming Monday night the State of Israel and Jews throughout the world will be celebrating Yom HaAtzmaut the national independence day of Israel, commemorating the declaration of independence in 1948. Yet as we thank the Al-mighty for the gift and miracle of a Jewish state, we must bear in mind that the War of Independence is unfortunately not over yet. We remain surrounded by enemies that do not believe in our right to exist. Some say it explicitly, other have learnt the art of deception. What remains clear to all alert-beings is that defending our beloved state must continue.
Yet Torah Jews have an additional responsibility. We must remind ourselves and others that our connection to the land is divinely ordained. By being mindful of the great value of the land- the home given to the nation of Israel by Hashem- we will develops a love not just for the land but for the people of Israel as well. It is our task and mission to call out with conviction that the land of Israel is for the people of Israel to live and prosper on it according to the Torah of Israel.
Yom Haatzmaut Sameach and Shabbat Shalom