Sunday, April 3, 2016

Guest Post: Why Pray for the IDF

Why Pray for the IDF?
by Mr. Cohen, 2016 March 28

Rabbi Chaim Shmulevitz of the Mirrer Yeshivah
(born 1902 CE, died 1979 CE) used to ask every year
during Neilah that people daven for the soldiers of the army of Israel.

Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik (born 1903 CE, died 1993 CE)
once referred to an oil-stained, grime-covered Israeli Army uniform
as “bigdei kodesh” – holy garments. 

Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach said that when he had
the urge to pray at the grave-sites of the righteous, he went
to Mount Herzl and prayed at the grave-site of the fallen
soldiers who died ‘Al Kiddush HaShem – sanctifying GYD’s Name.
Rabbi Shlomoh Zalman Auerbach was born in year 1910 CE and died in 1995 CE.
SOURCE: Israel, Charedim, and the Left by Rabbi Harry Maryles, 2017 May 2

Rabbi Avigdor Miller (a popular Chareidi Rabbi and author, 
born 1908 CE, died 2001 CE) delivered a free public lecture
in the last year of his life, in which he said we should pray
for the Israeli Army:
“If they are defending us, then we should pray for them.”

Rabbi Lazer Brody (a contemporary Breslov Rabbi) taught:
HaShem should protect the soldiers and the police…
we have to express our thanks to every Israeli soldier and police-man…”

According to an article published by Matzav on 2014 July 18,
the following prominent Orthodox Rabbis were praying
for the IDF (Israeli Army) at that time:

Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky,
the Vizhnitzer Rebbe, the Sadigura Rebbe,
and Rabbi Shalom Cohen (Rosh Yeshivat Porat Yosef)

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Jews who teach hate against the Israeli Army,
especially those Jews who live in Israel, are guilty of:

[1] being poresh min hatzibbur [separating from the Jewish community]

[2] lacking hakarat hatov [gratitude to those who help you]

[3] repaying good with evil (see Mishlei/Proverbs, chapter 17, verse 13)

[4] failing to judge their fellow Jews favorably (Avot, chapter 1, paragraph 6)

[5] failing to share communal burdens (Avot, chapter 6, paragraph 6) נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרוֹ

[6] relying on miracles (tractate Pesachim, page 64B) for national defense

“One [New York] Times opinion editor, Matt Seaton, even admitted last year [2014 CE] that the newspaper has a policy of veering away from criticism of Palestinians.”

Final sentence of article titled: “New York Times Editor: Coverage of Israel Most Criticized Aspect of Opinion Pages” by Shiryn Ghermezian, 2015 October 14, found in: The Algemeiner.
Like all things Islamic, the Palestinians long-been 
officially above criticism in the West…”

SOURCE: Useful idiots for Palestine by Pat Condell,
2011 November 4 (available for free on YouTube)

Pat Condell is an atheist, who was born in Ireland around
1950 CE, and raised in England as a Roman Catholic,
and educated in Church of England schools.
He has no Jewish ancestors and no religious beliefs
that might cause him to favor Jews.
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Batya said...

Thanks for the reminder. B'ezrat Hashem our prayers will not only keep the soldiers safe but add wisdom to them and their commanders.

Garnel Ironheart said...

There is no question that all of the soldiers are kedoshim for their efforts in keeping yishuv Eretz Yisrael a reality. I am prepared to admit my low worth compared to theirs. But there are those who can't so they twist reality to make it seem that THEY are the real soldiers. There's pills for them.

Mr. Cohen said...

How to Pray for Tzahal-IDF: