What to do in Times of Crisis — The Rebbe’s Wisdom
God Said What?! #MyOrthodoxLife
Dear Awesome Reader,
I am shocked by the terror and bloodshed that rocked the world. And really there are no words, only prayers, psalms, charity, acts of kindness, and on the ground, war weapons and soldiers to defeat the ones who are pure evil and have no souls.
As I mention in my book, “God Said What?! #MyOrthodoxLife,” the land of Israel comes from the spiritual realm of Yetzira. According to Kabbalah, the physical world comes from Asiyah, except Israel which explains why as tiny as it is, it is fought over — the holiness there is intrinsic to the land itself. It is a land that was gifted to the Jews from Hashem (G-d).
The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s way in times of darkness and crisis is to increase in light — the light of goodness and kindness, the light of giving charity, the light of psalms and the light of trust in the true Creator of the world being ONE.
The face of evil is clear now as it was during the times of Hitler and the Nazis. Anyone thinking they can make peace with evil is like thinking that Hitler didn’t need to be defeated. No peace treaties can be done with those who have lost the light of G-d in them.
It is time to unite to bring peace to the world. Jews and nonJews are responsible for this peace.
—Say psalms, here are suggested ones: 20,22,69,122,150, 81-90 (English or Hebrew or whatever language is yours).
—What acts of goodness and kindness can you do in the face of evil to bring light? In the merit of all those who have lost their precious lives already, please reveal light in the world today.
—Charity (I include a list of legitimate ones desperately needing help at the bottom of this newsletter). This energizes tremendous light spiritually and materially because the energy that is used to make money now gets refueled into a generous act of goodness for someone else.
—Faith and Trust: The land of Israel is an eternal gift from G-d to the Jewish people. “The eyes of Hashem (G-d) are always upon it, from the beginning of the year until the end of the year.” We must pray for that sight to be revealed to us. We need miracles.
For Charity —these are legitimate organizations:
(A message from Nomi Freeman, the rebbetzin of Rabbi Tzvi Freeman): Here are three heroes who are taking care of some of the most vulnerable now, in the poorest Israel communities around Gaza. None of them have sophisticated fundraising pages; they’re focused on what they need to do, but they need our help:
Rabbi Shneur Kenig is a Chabad emissary in Ofakim who directs a soup kitchen in coordination with the municipality. Ofakim has been on lockdown since Shabbat morning when terrorists began shooting and kidnapping in their streets.
Rabbi Kenig lost tens of community members, including people who had just danced with him on Simchat Torah night.
Under the guidance of Homefront Command, and with armed volunteers, he is charged with bringing food door-to-door to thousands of people in need.
Support his work here:
Rabbi Asher Pizem is the legendary Chabad rabbi who himself grew up in Sderot. He knows how to walk between the rockets, and he knows everyone who needs help. His Chabad House is a huge bomb shelter, and a home base for many soldiers stationed in Sderot.
When I spoke to him, he had lost count of how many of his friends and community have been killed since Shabbat morning. He couldn’t take a moment to face the reality in fear that he’d fall apart rather than go about helping the people who need him now.
He and armed volunteers are delivering food and necessities to people who haven’t been able to leave their bomb shelters for over 48 hours. They are also feeding soldiers who are involved in street battles in Sderot, and keeping base in his Chabad House.
Support his work here:
Rabbi Menachem Liberman directs a huge Chabad network in Ashkelon, with many Chabad centers that are bomb shelters and provide post-trauma therapy and necessities in war times. Many people in his community had their homes hit by rockets since Shabbat morning, including Rabbi Liberman himself.
Ashkelon is also home to many Ukrainian refugees and orphans, who are still healing from war PTSD in Ukraine.
After Ashkelon became a rocket hotspot, Rabbi Liberman had the many Chabad emissaries of Ashkelon professionally trained in trauma response and therapy. They are now operating children’s programs in the Chabad bomb shelters, and going door-to-door to assist and deliver food to those in need.
They are also helping many families who are missing loved ones.
You can support his operation via PayPal: Chaiashkelon@juno.com
And know that today is a day of STRENGTH! It is the 28th of the Jewish month of Tishrei — 28 in Hebrew is the numerical value of the word STRENGTH.
May we see the MIGHT and LIGHT of Hashem (G-d), our Creator, today. Amen.
Please feel free to forward and share the light of wisdom.
Thank you! May you be blessed for discerning light from evil.
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