One does not have to be particularly astute to realize that now, following Operation Pillar of Defense that HKBH is out there in the front lines, intercepting the overwhelming number of rockets fired at major population centers. The statistics are astounding, realizing that less than 4% of rockets fired hit urban population centers and most of them did not result in loss of life of injuries.
Some forget or simply do not realize that Hashem does not manifest in the form of a miracle, but “derech ha’teva” as is said in Israel, “nature” is you wish. The Iron Dome’s success undoubtedly prevented countless deaths and injury, not to mention property damage, yet the nation’s political leaders and military commanders who are being interviewed around-the-clock on new stations simply cannot bring themselves to say the “H” word, Hashem.
Some credit the wisdom of the weapons development engineers, others Amir Peretz, who went against popular opinion to push the Iron Dome as defense minister some six years ago, some the IDF and others simply attribute the fact that the nation is not in mourning to a combination of factors, including the Iron Dome, IDF and “good luck”. But they simply cannot bring themselves to acknowledge that as Jews, Hashem is our guiding light and while we must to our part, we dare not turn our backs on HKBH.
How terrifying it is since we as believers realize that ultimately we will all have to come to the realization that this and all our successes are attributed to HKBH and we will all have to be brought to this reality.
Perhaps this is what the current warfare is about, the beginning of the next stage of this ride, or not, but what is certain is that until Israel’s leaders turn to gedolei yisrael for advice and HKBH for assistance, the war has been lost.
Baruch Oberman is a proud Jew who made Aliya 5 years ago and now resides in Jerusalem.
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