In light of the events of recent days and weeks, it occurred to me that people may want to know what to say or do to help Israel and to help the cause of klal Yisrael.
There are two items on my agenda this evening.
First…Speak up and speak out to and about anyone who portrays Israel as the aggressor or as the instigator in this current and on going battle with Hamas.
I am going to ask you tonight and for the immediate future to boycott and/or cancel your membership to WHYY. They have continually communicated misinformation and outright lies and libel against the nation of Israel. The same holds true for the New York Times. And don’t be quiet about it
Call them and let them know in no uncertain terms that you are withdrawing any financial commitment to them specifically because of their outright lies about Israel. Two days ago (7/15) WHYY reported that Israel broke the temporary cease fire completely omitting that Hamas had shot 50 rockets prior to Israel’s response.
So that is the first action that I am asking you to take. Be an active advocate for Israel.
The second item for this evening is this. Be yourself, a blessing to the people Israel. Let us be models of integrity and honesty and a credit to the Jewish People.
We do not live in a vacuum.
Ours words and deeds deeply affect others and of course, I have a story to share which demonstrates this idea.
Several years ago, a rabbi from out-of-state accepted a call to a community in Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus in the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change.
When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, “Here, you gave me too much change.”
The driver, with a smile, replied, “Aren’t you the new Rabbi in town?”
“Yes,” he replied.
“Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I’ll see you in Shul on Shabbos.”
It is often the small, seemingly insignificant actions we take each day that reveal who we truly are. Take a moment to reflect and ask yourself if what you do is a sanctification or desecration of G-d’s name and if you are honoring or blaspheming the State of Israel and Klal Yisrael.