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Statement on the Situation in Israel

 

The following is the Orthodox Union's statement on the current situation in Israel:

The horrors experienced in Israel these past days are indescribable.

Our hearts are broken by the grief of the hundreds of families who have suffered the losses of loved ones, by the pain of the thousands wounded, and by the trauma of entire communities whose sense of security has been upended. We share in the agony of the hostages and their families as they find themselves in the hands of hate-filled captors who do not behave as people.

What can we say? What can we do?

We must pray to G-d. Everyone as an individual and every community should recite with frequency and intensity at least one of the following Psalms: 20, 83, 121, 130 and 142, if not all of them.

We must show support financially. There are many worthwhile places to donate much needed funds to meet the many needs facing Israel, the IDF, and Israelis in crisis. For example:

  1. FIDF: https://www.fidf.org/
  2. Donate for equipment shortages: https://shieldtheidf.com/en
  3. Magen Adom Israel: https://www.mdais.org/en/donation
  4. Hadassah Hospital Israel: https://www.hadassah.org/donate/simple
  5. United Hatzalah Israel: https://israelrescue.org/
  6. Leket food Israel: https://www.leket.org/en/online-donation/
  7. IDF Soldiers Fund in Israel: https://www.ufis.org.il/en/donation-en/
  8. Zaka Israel: https://zakaworld.org

We must show support personally. Reach out to your family and friends in Israel – even those who you are not regularly in contact with – and share words of care, support, and concern.

We must show support communally. Join your community’s rally for Israel and your shul or community’s Tehillim gatherings.

Finally, we must draw strength and hope by reminding ourselves of who we are, replaying in our minds and on our lips the words – the value statements - we sang over and over again on Simchas Torah.

ברוך הוא אלקינו שבראנו לכבודו והבדילנו מן התועים

Blessed is our G-d Who created us to bring Him honor, distinguishing us from those who are so lost that they act like animals and bring no honor to G-d.


עוצו עצה ותופר דברו דבר ולא יקום כי עמנו א-ל

Enemies of the Jews: Hatch your scheme - it will be foiled; share your plan - it will fail. G-d is with us.

אחינו כל בית ישראל הנתונים בצרה ובשביה.

Our brothers and sisters throughout the whole house of Israel who are in distress or captivity, may Hashem have compassion on them and lead them from distress to relief, from darkness to light, and from oppression to freedom.

אני מאמין באמונה שלימה בביאת המשיח

I believe completely in the coming of the Moshiach, and though he may delay – and there may be much pain and suffering during that delay – we await his coming every day.

We must always draw strength from who we are, from the magnificent Torah values that we celebrate, and from the strength and care that we provide each other.