This coming Shabbat is known as Shabbat Nachamu, the Shabbat of Consolation. Among other subjects, such as the Ten Commandments, here's what we'll be reading in this week's Torah portion:
"...for you are the fewest of all the nations.” (Deuteronomy 7:7).
People ask for proof that there's a God in the world. The Jewish People are that proof.
How long would a lamb last in a den of hungry lions? Before you count to ten, there wouldn't be a strand of wool left to floss your teeth with.
The greatest and mightiest civilizations have come and gone. Those who conquered the world no longer exist. Yet, the Jewish People defy all natural law. Despite the never-ending persecution and exile and the powerful enemies who have not only threatened but tried their utmost to rid the world of us, we are still here.
How do the Jewish People defy nature? Rebbe Nachman of Breslev explains that prayer is not only above nature, but it alters nature. Yet, for prayer to have the power to alter nature, it must be fueled with emuna. The person who prays must believe that Hashem hears his prayers and that Hashem can do whatever He wants whenever He wants. Rebbe Nachman stresses that the main manifestation of emuna is earnest prayer, which is capable of triggering miracles. What's more, he adds, this level of emuna that includes the prayers that are powerful enough to trigger miracles is native to the Land of Israel.
Be consoled, cherished brothers and sisters, for Hashem will undoubtedly show us tremendous miracles in the nearest future; meanwhile, our job is to strengthen ourselves in emuna, to smile, and to appreciate every blessing in life. Hashem, thank You for Your infinite loving-kindness!