That light we admire isn't free.
Suddenly, I couldn't be quiet. Here it is, Chanukah, the Holiday celebrating our religious and national freedom and the war, the battles for that freedom.
"The price of our freedom today is serving in the IDF, even when some of our precious soldiers, our sons, family members, neighbors, friends and more are killed?" I asked.
Nobody could disagree. It may be an unpleasant truth in some circles in Israel and the Jewish World, but pacifism and Leftist John Lennon "Imagine" philosophy are the recipe for end of the State of Israel and Jewish People.
The continued existence of the Jewish People and State of Israel are dependent on our will to fight for it, including accepting the price for our loyalty and commitment.
During Chanukah we add two prayers, על הניסים והלל Al HaNissim and Hallel, Because of the Miracles and Praise The Lord. Both prayers voice our thanks to G-d for all He has done for us. G-d responds and helps when we do our bit. Human beings were gifted with free will, so we must use our power of choice between good, evil and standing on the sidelines to protect ourselves. When we follow G-d's commandments and fight for our rights, religion and Land, then G-d, in the original "matching funds" responds with miracles.
Sometimes I wonder if our willingness to fight is a miracle, too... Could it be that G-d "cheats" a bit to keep us surviving?
Chag Urim Sameach
If you haven't yet listened to Reuven Genn's talk about g'vura, heroism, now's the time to hear it.