Israel-Gaza War, Salvation

Take a Long Breath | Rabbi Hagai Londin

This period will end one day, and it is already possible to discern the revelations that have grown and will grow out of the darkness. We would like salvation to grow without all these pains, but it is not up to us to decide.

(Courtesy: Ono Academic College)

We have been at war for more than a month. We have an unknown time before its end. After the initial shock, the initial elation, and the renewed technical organization - each in his own way - come the routine days of war.

Hard days

The ability to maintain high spirits for a long time is sometimes more difficult than the initial overcoming of the horror. Soldiers at the front have a strong sense of action. In the rear it's sometimes challenging from another aspect: bereavement; The fear for our loved ones at the front; the ongoing care of the home; lack of certainty and financial, family and personal difficulties - all these make us wake up every morning with a feeling of suffocation.

On the verse "The whole soul shall praise Him" the sages demand "to thank God for each and every breath". This is the secret: focus on each breath in the present - both in a practical way (long and slow breaths) and in the meaning of small satisfactions in daily activities: keeping the routine as much as possible; successful prayer; finding a reasonable framework, even if temporary, for the children; A small act of kindness and strengthening of the circles around us - all these are points of light that give strength.

The focus on the present comes from a broader context of looking at the past and looking to the future. Everyone who examines their performance these days will come to the conclusion that although we may not have always been at our best - we did as much as we could, and that is a lot.

In relation to the future - this period will end one day, and one can already see the revelations that have grown and will grow out of the darkness. We would like salvation to grow without all these pains, but we do not decide; And that's a kind of comfort too. The bad will pass. Good will prevail. With God's help.

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