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    I am a bit surprised that the YWN coffee room doesn’t seem to realize that there is a war going on in Israel. Aside from a post a few days ago from WIY (which had no responses) there has been no discussion about the situation.

    I will open this topic for people to discuss what they can do to help fellow Jews over here in Eretz Yisroel. (This is not about politics, I don’t care if you are pro/anti zionist right now, this is all about caring about other Jews.

    As WIY said, obviously we need tehillim – but we can also come up with more ideas…

    mrs. Katz

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    im confused, i thought it was called operation pillar cloud, not pillar defense


    Tehilim and Davening is the only thing you can and should do.

    And send Tzedaka to the Yidden in Eretz Yisroel.

    Y.W. Editor

    (Via email from a reader in Eretz Yisroel)

    Dear Editor,

    I type this letter from the holy city of Yerushalayim.

    Last night, Friday night, about 15 minutes after lighting candles, my husband and I were leaving our building located in one of the biggest American neighborhoods, when we heard it. The dreadful siren.


    There on the stairwell we stood, as dozens of poeple, children, some in carraiges, came running into our building. There was screaming, chaos, and worst of all the shock that came with the unexpected siren.

    Here we live our daily lives, going about routine so regurlarly, obviously aware of the terrible fighting thats going on in our country, but thinking that its so far from us. And than lo and behold, we found ourselves scrambling for shelter. Bichasday hashem, noone was hurt and the rocket unbelievably fell in Arab territory! But it was a real wakeup call for us!

    Peace-seekers who look to negotiate with the un-reasonable Hamas terrorists were suddenly hit ha rd in the face of reality!! WAR MODE has made its way over, creeping into the alleyways of the sheltered, and closest communities. We’ve had 150 rockets aimed at our nation just TODAY alone! 758 since the beggining of the Operation Piller of Defense!!

    Children know of a life of war, rockets, sirens and shelters! They are trained in school as part of their education to find shelter within 15 seconds. Innocent children who should know only joy and bliss, know of terror and death. Children who should be playing outside, climbing trees, riding bikes, splashing in puddles, catching frogs, and making carnivals, instead find themselves in the underground miklat seeking shleter form the rain of rockets overhead!! WHAT A LIFE!

    And along with all the havoc thats wreaking our once peaceful country, we see nissim geluyim!! Like in the days of the yivanim, we see the Yad Hashem protecting us each and every moment. The head Hamas has been succesfully slaughtered, the siren that sounded in Yerushalayim, was the result of a rocket which landed in Arab territory, the iron domb has stopped many missiles from falling! All this and many more nissim is a result of our tefillos. Many shuls have made a break in middle of davening tehillim. Unfortunately there have been reported a few deaths r”l of innocent yidden. Let us beseech the heavens. Beg Hashem to stop the violent ways of the Yishma’alim yimach shemam! He showing us He’s on our side!! But we must stay close with Him. I implore all our brothers and sisters who have’nt yet made it part of their day to say a few perakim of tehillim for those of us in Eretz Yisroel- civilians, soldiers, those who were wounded nebach…Most of you in America know someone here in E”Y. Lets wake up NOW and do SOMETHING!! Quickly before it may be someone you know who…… r”l. It’s REALLY scary! But we have a HASHEM and a Torah and Tehillim that can save us. And just like the Yevanim who are no more, He will put an end to Yishmael with the arrival of mashiach so soon.

    May the geula come quickly and be the ultimate end to all wars!

    Your sister abroad,


    (Not edited by YWN in any form)


    At risk of sounding cliched, we must daven and do teshuva — And remember the words of the Meshech Chochma — before the war, he announced that the pattern of history is always whenever Klal Yisroel get to familiar with the goyim and feel too comfortable in Golus — He says ‘when Yidden think that Berlin is Yerushalayim…’ – Then the goyim suddenly get up and massacre us.

    Here is a problem of people thinking that Jerusalem is Yerushalayim — when people believe that we are good with a Jewish state, and don’t need the geula, then Hashem sends us a message.

    We must remember that we are in Golus and daven and hope for the Geula – ????? ?????? ???.


    Mosh3, you are correct that in Hebrew it is called Amud Anan, the English name is Pillar of Defense (Pillar of cloud doesn’t sound so good in English).

    Anyway, of course everyone is correct that we need to do teshuva, tzedaka and tefillah. But my point was what we should do in addition. For example, many people where I live are hosting Jews that live in southern Israel. If you live across the ocean and that isn’t possible there are other ways to reach out to fellows Jews and let them know you care. You can visit websites of businesses in southern Israel and buy their products. You can try to find pen(email)-pals (there are organizations that can help you find), or many other things you can do to show support.


    g73; no disrespect, the war is being fought there not here. the war of words is being fought everywhere, join that one. H-shem is in charge whether we choose to accept that or not;having participated in a previous war in the ranks of the IDF. nothing is perfect in this world except malachim and H-shem. As Rochel from abroad mentioned nisim are everywhere in Eretz hakodesh as in the world as a whole. G73: be positive in your criticism and try to encourage people to respond. Just in case you forgot, a courteous reminder, in NY we are dealing with the wrath of Sandy and the aftermath.If it is okay with you i suggest in summation as a former great leader in out times used to say; think positive and it will be positive;

    have a great day and be safe..


    The Rav in my shul spoke about the conflict. He said that this is just a continuation of the ages-old conflict. The Parshah was significant. Eisav and Yishmael were closely connected – Eisav was Yishmael’s son-in-law.

    So how does Yaakov defeat Eisav? Eisav uses his raw power. Yaakov wins by using the power of his mouth, and using it to draw closer to Hashem. The Rav told us that over Shabbos, we should make sure to use our mouths to get closer to Hashem, whether during davening, saying extra Divrei Torah at the meals, or simply singing extra zemiros. These all bring us closer to Hashem, and will help us triumph over Yishmael and Eisav.

    Personally, I said an extra d’var Torah at each meal, and sang far more songs than usual. May this help us to triumph over those who wish to destroy us!


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    The word Hashem does not need to be abbreviated.

    Thanks, have a great day.


    Tehillim is very important. However please make sure that when you say Tehillim, you know what you are saying and say it with heartfelt emotion otherwise you really take away from the efficacy of your well intended efforts.


    Considering the fact that there is a war in EY. Why aren’t the yeshiva Bachurim and young couples coming home until things quiet down. Isn’t it a makom sekanah?

    We have Gemaros and batei midrashim here as well. So why be in a war zone if there is no must?

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