Wartime Message From Agudath Israel Of America: ‘Gratitude and Fortitude’


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agudahAs enemy missiles continue to rain on Jewish communities in Eretz Yisroel, and many are intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, it is incumbent on all Jews to feel hakaras hatov, “recognition of the good,” toward the United States of America, which has funded the system over the years of its development. We are reminded, at a time like this, how America has made a major contribution to the defense of Israel, for which we must be deeply grateful.

At the same time, we must remember that Im Hashem lo yishmor ir, shov shokad shomer – “If Hashem will not guard the city, for naught does the guard stand vigilant” (Tehillim, 127) – and that it is therefore to Hashem that we must focus our entreaties with special intensity at this critical time.

Our prayers should include entreaties for the wellbeing of our fellow Jews under attack, as well as for those who are risking their lives to defend them and defeat those who wish us harm.

As has been the practice in many shuls over past years, in response to the call of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, the recitation of Tehillim (Psalms) 83, 130 and 142 after Shacharis, followed by the tefila of Acheinu, is recommended.

Torah-study on behalf of our beleaguered brethren is also deeply appropriate, and should be intensified.

May our teshuvah,tefilla and tzeddaka prove worthy merits for future days of peace and security.

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


  1. And let us be grateful to to HKB’H for the miraculous chasodim that he has shown in these days, with such little damage from hundreds of rockets – whether they were intercepted or not.

  2. Remember that feeling we all had when we did not know the fate of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali? We davened non-stop for besoros tovos as we thought of their families’ deep anguish. According to this website, there is an Israeli soldier seriously injured being transported to a hospital now. Let us think about this soldier’s anguished family and get out our tehillim and siddurim to daven to Hashem that he should have a refuah shelaima b’karov…and that no other Israeli soldiers or citizens should come in harm’s way. From kapital 91 in Tehillim: “…You shall not fear the terror of the night, nor of the arrow that flies by day…Let a thousand encamp at your side and a myriad at your right hand, but to you it shall not approach. You will merely peer with your eyes and you shall see the retribution of the wicked…He will charge His angels for you, to protect you in all your ways..For he has yearned for Me and I will deliver him; I will elevate him because he knows My name. He will call upon Me and I will answer him, I am with him in distress….With long life I will satisfy him, and I will show him My salvation.”

  3. What about thanking the Israeli soldiers flying into Gaza taking down targets, or those standing at the border waiting for a call to go in. It would be nice for the Agudah to thank them, too.

  4. to Nahapochu: they were included: “….as well as for those who are risking their lives to defend them and defeat those who wish us harm.”

    Let’s not post any comments that may possibly lead to machlokes.

  5. To Gold:

    Why is such a Tzaddik & Kadosh Vitahor such as yourself treading on such dangerous waters as the internet? Were you not by Citi Field? Do you have a heter to be commenting on the internet? For someone as chashuv as you, Zi paas nisht to be on the internet. If you’re blogging, you’re obviously not saying tehillim or learning.

  6. to Nahapochu: What makes you think I am a tzaddik or chashuv? Everyone is supposed to be concerned with shmiras halashon. Everyone is supposed to try to follow the principle of “v’ahavta l’reyaicha kamocha.” I really do not understand why you are disturbed by my comments. (By the way, I am a woman not a man.)