Rabbi Shimon Raichik, rov of anash in Los Angeles, released the following letter with guidance on how to react to the difficult situation in Eretz Yisroel:
Dear Members of Congregation Levi Yitzchak,
In this difficult time, with Eretz Yisroel now under rocket fire, it is helpful to reflect on the Rebbe’s directives in such a situation. The following are excerpts from a sicha of the Rebbe on 28th of Nissan, 5750:
“It is therefore necessary to invoke and emphasize the blessings from G-d to all Jews in all places, in all their needs. Primarily the most needed blessing is the miracle of the complete and perfect Redemption through Moshiach (whom we await every day that his coming not be delayed even as much as the blink of an eye). These blessings should be emphasized with complete trust and confidence, as well as with joy and gladness of heart.”
“We should especially fulfill the directive of the Chabad Rebbeim, ‘Think good and it will be good. This means that thinking positively causes the course of events to actually turn out good.”
TORAH AND TEFILLAH
“On the verse (Gen. 27:22), ‘The voice is the voice of Yaakov,’ our Sages tell us that the power of the Jewish people is with ‘our mouth.’ Through our heartfelt prayers and Torah learning we can eliminate the plans of ‘the hands of Esav,’ the terrible schemes of our enemies. Thus there should be additional activities in Torah study and prayer and in mitzvos in general.”
“…It would be advisable to recite daily an extra three chapters of Psalms. One of these three chapters should be the final chapter of Psalms (ch. 150)
At such a time, when generally people would take on a fast, instead of fasting we should redeem it by adding in tzedokah in the amount of two or three meals.
“The main thing is that the resolutions regarding the above should hasten and quicken the concept of ‘think good and it will be good’ in actuality starting from the ultimate good — the complete and perfect Redemption through Moshiach.”
The Aibishter surely will accept our prayers and all the Yidden will be safe wherever they are and we should be zoche to the Geula Shleima Now!!
Rabbi Shimon Raichik