|Request from rav simcha hakohen kook
Dear colleagues, shalom aleichem.
It is now 7:30 pm, thursday evening in new york, 2:30 am, friday morning
early in eretz yisrael.
Rabbi kook explained to me how serious the situation is in israel, more serious and dangerous than any of us can imagine.Eretz yisrael needs our constant and special tefillos.
Rav kook shared with me his very recent, within the last few hours,
conversation with rav chaim kanievsky, shlita and asked of national
council of young israel to share the following torah insight and torah
To acheinu bnei yisrael:
after hearing the heart-rendering appeal of gedolei torah to intensify
our tefilos and torah learning
The torah informs us that in the war that moshe rabbeinu and klall yisrael waged against midyon, moshe "drafted"elef l'mateh, elef l'mateh---one thousand soldiers from each shevet/tribe. The medrash rabba and the yalkut shimoni explain that in fact, each shevet sent one thousand pairs, two thousand individuals--one thousand to fight and one thousand to daven. Each soldier had his designated person whose task was to daven and learn for his specific soldier colleague. And the torah tells us--v'lo nifkad mimenu ish, no one was killed from amongst the jewish army.
We brought this idea to rav chaim kanievsky, shlita,. He was quite happy about the idea and pointed out that dovid hamelech instituted the plan, as well. Each invdividual who was in combat had a designated person who was davening and learning in his merit.
Therefore, we ask of everyone --soldiers, residents of cities and towns that are under attack, those that are in shelters, all that find themselves in danger, to contact us, to give us your hebrew name and the hebrew name of your mother. We will find a jew who will accept upon himself/herself to daven and learn, specifically as a merit for your safety and security.
We call upon the jewish community- men and women, adult and youth,
in the diaspora, to join in this holy
If you wish to partner with a jew in israel, please contact us and
we will share with you a jew who would be honored and appreciative to
be part of your tefilos and torah learning.
In the merit of our concern for each other, may we see a successful end to this war, as it says in the pasuk, v'lo nifkad mimenu ish, without the loss of even just one more person.
- the letter is signed by the bostoner rebbe, shlita and rav simcha
thank you, tizku l'mitzvot
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