Friday, November 28, 2008

But at the same time, sniffle sniffle?

As much as He is laughing now from my "missed" flight, Hashem must also be crying with His children in pain.

Please Say a Prayer for Mumbai


It is without doubt that you have heard about Rabbi Gabi & Rivki Holtzberg, directors of Chabad-Lubavitch in Mumbai, dear friends and colleagues of ours – who are still being held hostage in the Chabad Jewish Center which was seized by terrorists.

It is with this in mind that I sit down to try and write a thought for Shabbat.

Please Dear G-d, only let the verses that we read this week, of the blessings to Jacob that the "Kol Yaakov" - the voice of Jacob, the message of Torah and truth which inspired Gabi and Rivki to bring Your wisdom to India - overpower the "Yedei Eisav" the hands of Esau, the evil intentions of Israel's perpetual enemy.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe of blessed memory asks, how could Yitzchak have even thought of blessing ‘Eisav the wicked’ well known for being a murderer, rapist and glutton?! The answer: in fact, there is always a potential that even the most evil character can repent. Yitzchak hoped that this would happen to his son.

May that spirit of repentance reach these terrorists, and let all of the precious people inside be released to freedom safe and sound.

Until then, please continue to pray and then take it one step further, remembering that a small act of "light" in one part of the world can dispel darkness wherever it may be. Do a mitzva:

a) Give charity in their merit
b) Men: Put on Tefillin today; if you already did, see to it that someone who hasn't done so yet, should.
c) Women: Resolve to light candles this Friday afternoon; if you already do, see to it that someone who does not plan on it, should.
May G-d bring peace to our pained and darkened world!

Shaul

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