The above image, courtesy of the IDF, shows the access shaft from inside a Gaza mosque to a Hamas assault tunnel that reaches into Israel, and on the way, branches out to a labyrinth of smaller tunnels that are used for escape and hiding terrorists and weapons. Only Hashem knows how many of these tunnels remain, and the problem is far from over, despite the empty declarations and assurances that our political leaders have been making to the contrary. They say that Hamas has been weakened, but the three missiles Hamas fired at Ashdod an hour ago, shortly before the midnight ceasefire (the umpteenth), were very real...
Rav Shalom Arush says that in these days - the days of war - all of us, the whole nation of Israel and the Jewish People around the globe are fighting, each person in his own way. This is not the time to mince words. This is the time to get up and take action. To do simple acts that can help us all, as well as the soldiers in battle, as the Rav explains in Three-Pronged Attack, his article in this week's arousing issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
Why is there war in the first place? Rebbe Natan of Breslev explains that the world is created in a delicate balance of four principle elements – earth, air, water and fire. As soon as one of the elements goes past its prescribed limitation and overcomes the other elements, that particular creation suffers, and in extreme cases, dies or is destroyed. This principle applies both to our individual health and to global relations, as I explain in my feature article this week, The Delicate Balance.
This week's Torah portion is "Ekev", and it tells us quite a bit about how to successfully educate our children, as we see in Live It to Give It.
Also featured this week:
Dr. Zev Ballen - Imaginary Friends
Rivka Levy - Moshiach's Donkey
Rabbi Dovid Charlop - Living with a Hole
Men, have you read The Garden of Purity? What are you waiting for?
Blessings for a wonderful week!