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The Ceasefire, Hamas Style

Emuna News Analysis: Hamas, the Weed that Grows Back

Tonight is the start of the notorious "Three Weeks", which commemorates the difficult things that happened to our people throughout history, including the destruction of both Holy Temples in Jerusalem.

The current war is a message from Hashem that necessitates some national soul-searching.

Despite the massive IDF airstrikes on Gaza, Hamas is far from down and certainly not out. Defying all logic, after every round of hostilities with Israel, Hamas only gets stronger. Meanwhile, even between conflicts, the south of Israel has been bearing the brunt of intermittent rocket attacks that making living a normal life impossible.

We periodically smash Gaza, but like a weed that's not completely uprooted, Hamas rears its ugly head soon again. Look at recent history:

"Operation Cast Lead" began on Dec. 27, 2008 and lasted for 3 weeks. The ceasefire lasted on and off for four years, and then hostilities broke out again with "Operation Pillar of Defense" that began on Nov. 14, 2012 and lasted for 8 days. Yet, since Hamas wasn't uprooted - indeed, it got much stronger: we only received a 20-month break until the current "Operation Protective Shield" began on July 8, 2014. So far, it has lasted 8 days, but the end is not yet in sight.

Why does Hamas continue to get stronger? In the Arab world, anyone who fights Israel is a hero. But that's not the reason. Without going into too much detail, our sages (Gaon of Vilna, Rabbi Chaim Vital, and others of saintly and blessed memory) warned us that in the end of days, Ishmael will be our menace, and this last exile before Moshiach will be Galut Ishmael, characterized by suicide warfare, as we see with the shahidim of today. 

Hashem continues to do phenomenal miracles for us. What are the chances that a GRAD rocket make a direct hit on a gas station, and no one gets killed or the 35,000 gasoline tanker doesn't explode? Impossible? One in a zillion? It happened in Ashdod this past Friday.

Yet, a reverse miracle is happening in Gaza. Despite the massive IDF bombings, Hamas keeps firing at us, as we here in the south of Israel can testify. Where does Hamas get its power from?

From Hashem - Hamas is a stick in Hashem's hands. As long as our political and military leadership fail to understand this and to come to proper conclusions, the cycle of hostilities will just keep going.

Hashem has put the Israeli Government in a bind: At this point, a ceasefire with Hamas is pointless. More aerial bombings of the Gaza Strip won't produce lasting results either. And, a ground invasion of Gaza would be a gift for Hamas, giving them a tangible opportunity to inflict damage on our troops, Heaven forbid. Not only that, but teh Israeli Government is not even clear on the objectives it wants to achieve by way of "Operation Defensive Shield."

So how does Israel stop the Hamas and the rocket fire?

Israel must uproot the spiritual cause that gives Hamas its strength. We must make a peace-treaty with Hashem. That means returning to Him with full and dedicated emuna. It means Torah and teshuva. Every Jew who reinforces his Judaism is a cogent weapon against Hamas. Every woman who decides to dress more modestly - despite the summer heat - is exhibiting the dedication of an elite commando in Hashem's army. This is not just "nice talk" - it's the solid spiritual truth. Deny it, and forget about defeating our enemies. They'll only come back stronger.

Hashem sent the Hamas and Hashem can make all their missiles blow up in their face. But, we must do our part. Hashem wants to send Moshiach and He wants us to get stronger - spiritually - and cling to Him. Once we do, it's a knockout for the Hamas, soon, amen!


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May we do whatever we need to do so the Redemption can come already.
Every prayer and good deed counts. Shabbat candles bring light. charity, unity and learning how to come close to Hashem.
We can do it, it's our mission and destiny

Miriam Sara

Shalom Aleichem ...and wow living situation / circumstances must be exhausting for everyone in Israel :( I hope and pray families (parents) and in general people are supporting each other in coping with possibly lack of sleep and irregular schedules.
I just typed "With G-d's help" then erased .... Because I'm uncertain I really believe G-d is here/ there for you for me as our Jewish father. I want to believe in the message and suggestions of this article "Emunah news anayisis..." but where is G-d? In case you haven't noticed we need you mosai avineu?
Why is our safety as a Jewish nation dependent on modesty, new commitments or additional reinforced committments to Halacha ? Is the answer as simple as: The yidden in Egypt(mitzreim) were redeemed for keeping their language , their customs (?) and their names?
Parenthetically, when I have doubts or silly questions, my neshama takes over and answers so accurately as is illustrated above.
My most recent focus is, the entire world is facing the test of wealth so we the Jewish people have, in my humble understanding, a greater test now than we had in Egypt(mitzreim).
At the same much persecution can one nation withstand?
I still feel like ad mosai avineu ....but at the same time I pray for him to have mercy and chesed toward the Jewish people whether they are modest or not or observant or not and a most heartfelt prayer for G-d to have mercy and compassion on the yidden who are observing because we have the courage to openly love his Torah and Mitzvot and at times like this one can feel completely out numbered because the force of the enemy is so strong and relentless.((
Please Hashem save us now, please Hashem bring success now, amen.

Yonah Alexandre Bronstein

100% Emet. In fact, after seeing the jihad video of the launch of 2 missiles from a falafel stand, and the sound they make, and the white plume they leave behind, that maybe they are mida-kneged-mida ("ATFAT" in R. Brody talk) for sperm that Jewish men launch into all the wrong places:
. into the air (masturbation)
. into wives in niddah
. into women who aren't their wives
. into other men (homosexuality)
Not politically correct, but logically very compelling...

In fact it's no coincidence that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry restarted this latest intifada/war by saying "Israelis don't understand peace, maybe the Arabs should start another intifada.", what does 'KERI' mean in halacha?


Things are very gloomy and might get gloomier, but we are very close to the Dawn. Our yetzer hara/bad inclination is trying to distract us with politics and anger so we don't do what we need to do. We should try to Not let it distract us.
Let's use this opportunity during these weeks to work on ourselves and improve on whatever we need to do. Whether it's mitzvos between us and Hashem like Shabbat. Or mitzvos between people, like controlling temper and respecting each other.
For example, with right and left, we have different views, but the message gets across better when we say it calmly rather than screaming. It's hard to do, but we need to keep working on our self - We shouldn't cease on that. Every prayer and mitzvah helps to bring the Light of Dawn.

Richard Rogow

I quite don't understand. (1)The Israeli leaders may not be in the Emunah-Teshuva path even an XYZ% of the Jewish population is. Why does the XYZ% of the Jewish population has to pay for the miss-direction of the Jewish leaders?
(2) What is the critical mass of the Jewish population required to achieve the Emunah-Teshuva threshold so that Hashem will respond favorably?. Next, aren't there multiple directions to reach the spiritual closeness to Hashem?

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