As Operation Protective Edge continues and anti-Semitism rises around the world in response, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach writes why caution is understandable but that we should never give in to fear.
As the crisis in Israel continues, there has been a sharp rise in the targeted threats and anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish communities around the world. In light of these escalated security concerns, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and his organization The Fellowship are reinforcing and upgrading security services at Jewish centers worldwide. Rabbi Nechemia Wilhelm of Chabad in Bangkok said, “There is already security around Chabad Houses in Thailand but our fear is that the terrorist organizations will seek to open new fronts against Israel, including targets abroad.
The Fellowship has adopted 11 battalions in Israel, providing the soldiers at these bases with activities, holiday celebrations, and recreational supplies, as well as discretionary funds for commanders to help lone soldiers (those with no family in the country) or soldiers with needy families.
Writing at the Huffington Post, Yael says that the Israel she calls home is a nation of people fighting and praying for freedom, not only for themselves, but for the whole world:
My country is more than a political topic. My people are more than a statistic. And although we are known exclusively as this to many people, we are more than just a nation that is spoken about in the Bible.
With Operation Protective Edge already in its third week, the children of southern Israel have been spending the majority of their summer vacation indoors and running for bomb shelters.
To help with this problem, we set up a Fellowship Village in Jerusalem (out of the reach of most rockets) for the children of southern Israel. For two weeks, 800 children per day will have the opportunity to spend the day in a fun and educational environment. The village includes four stations, where they experience a bit of London, Greece, the U.S., and ancient Egypt.