Talk to any General in the IDF or to any senior security analyst outside of Israel and they'll both tell you that the next war in Israel - a biggie - is not a matter of if, but when. On the level of logic, military strategy and the current geopolitical map here in the Middle East, they are absolutely correct.
The IDF is preparing for war - it's no joke. They're taking into consideration that Iran will coordinate both Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south and that the conflict will be a nasty, multi-front challenge with an acute threat to our civilian population, Heaven forbid. And, as we've seen in real-time conflict, our best and most sophisticated anti-missile systems are not fool-proof, to say the least.
As you can see in the image above, Israel's most sophisticated weapons systems don't give all the answers. The Sitra Achra, the "other side" is always coming up with sinister new and unexpected surprises. As we wrote last week, and as the fires in he south are still raging as of this writing, the incendiary kites are doing tons of damage that will require decades to repair.
So what's the answer to Israel's security? What's the message that Hashem is conveying to us, when our brains and military might fail to protect us and our beloved homeland?
Hashem wants us to turn to Him, for only He can protect us, our beloved homeland and our people wherever they are. You don't have to go up north to the Lebanon border to see Hezbollah - you can see them in the streets of London.
My beloved and esteemed teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit'a says that we can both stop the next war in Israel and protect our families overseas by invoking the type of Divine compassion that mitigates stern judgments. How does one do that? We spread emuna. That's why our whole lives are dedicated to that very purpose, because the future of the Jewish People depends on it.
Spreading emuna is the only effective defense we have, both individually and nationally.
Spreading emuna is the only effective prison-rehab program there is. The emuna graduates of our courses in the Israeli prisons have the lowest percentage or returning to prison once they're out. A thousand policemen can't stop a crime, but one copy of the "Garden of Emuna" or "Trail to Tranquility" can.
Emuna is the best soldier-motivator on earth. One company commander on the Gaza border told me recently, "Rabbi, I'm not religious. And, I don't particularly like rabbis. I don't know what you've been doing with my men, but they are certainly more motivated and better disciplined; the company disciplinary problems have dropped to less than half of what they were. As long as I'm in command of this outpost, you and Emuna Outreach are always welcome." Instead of playing poker and watching unsightly movies on their duty breaks, the soldiers at that outpost are reading emuna books, praying and saying tehillim, as you can see in the image below, taken during one of our recent visits there.
Rabbi Arush, his students and I can't do this prodigious job on our own. We need your help. We need to reach every US soldier in Afghanistan, every prison inmate in the USA as well as Israel and every one of our brothers, in Israel and abroad. If you can't spread emuna books, pamphlets and CDs on your own, partner with us and help us do it. In doing so, you'll provide a spiritual protective umbrella for yourself, your family, and our people wherever they are, both in Israel and abroad. Even if you're not Jewish, by helping us spread emuna to communities around the world, you're hastening Tikkun Olam, the correction of the world. Donate to Emuna Outreach - wait and see the blessing it invokes for you.