Placing a 9-11 call to G-D
If you watch or listen to the news it’s pretty depressing. Especially when it comes to what’s happening to the Jewish people. We have terrorist attacks in Paris and verbal attacks in the U.N. We have boycotting of Israeli goods and anti-Israel propaganda on college campuses. We have a President who swears he is the “first Jewish president” and then tries to tie Israel’s hands behind her back while playing footsie with Iran. The same Iran who wants to wipe Israel off the map. Anti-Semitism is back like a pox. A pox like the Middle Ages disease. A pox without any vaccinations. And it’s growing.
This has been coming on for years. And there are groups out there who have and are still trying their hardest to stop it. Groups like: World Jewish Congress, The American Jewish Committee, AIPAC, StandWithUs, The Israel Project. Very good groups. And yet the pox still grows.
Do any of you reading this remember how it was right before the Six-Day War? We knew that Nasser (the head of Egypt) wanted to “drive the Jews into the sea.” It was only 22 years after the Holocaust and we knew he wasn’t kidding. All Jews whether Reform, Conservative or Orthodox all over the world ran into their respective shuls and synagogues and prayed. They begged the Almighty to have mercy on Israel. They called out to G-d to help us. And you know what? You remember. He did!
When we were slaves in Egypt we cried out to G-d and he freed us. He saved us. And so it went all through history. When we were in trouble we cried out to him and he delivered us. When Haman showed up in Persia to destroy us, we fasted and wept and prayed. And again deliverance!
Well it seems that it is now time for us to make that call. I don’t care whether you are Reconstructionist, Reform, Conservative, Orthodox or that you think eating lox and bagels at Nate’n Al’s deli is very Jewish. If you are proud to be a Jew and you care about the welfare of Israel and Jews everywhere, you have power with the words that emanate from your mouth. Words you can say to the Ruler of the World.
At the end of this article I am going to give you some Tehillim you can say. But the truth is you can talk to Hashem in your own words. Every day, or at night before you go to bed. Ask him to help us. And really mean it. Like a 911 call you would make to save your child or friend. “Please G-d we do forget you and take advantage of the fact that you keep us safe and fed and sheltered. We rarely say thank you. But now please, please help us. Please protect us. Help us to remember that you are the only one who can save us. Please protect all Jews everywhere and defeat our enemies.”
Go ahead make the call. He’s waiting.
Tehillim #83: Oh G-d, do not hold yourself silent; be not deaf and be not still, O G-d. For behold, your foes are in uproar and those who hate you have raised their head. Against Your nation they plot deviously, they take counsel against those sheltered by you. They said, “Come, let us cut them off from nationhood, so Israel’s name will not be remembered any more! For they take counsel together unanimously, they strike a covenant against You – the tents of Edom and Ishmalites, of Moab & Hagrites, Geval and Ammon, and Amalek, Philistia and the inhabitants of Tyre. Even Assyria joined with them, they became the strong arm of Lot’s sons, Selah. Do to them as to Midian, as to Sisera, and as to Yavin at Nachal Kishon, who were destroyed at Eindor; they became dung for the earth. Make their nobles like Orev and Ze’ev; and all their princes like Zevach and Tzalmuna. Who said “We will conquer for ourselves the pleasant habitations of G-d.”…..So pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm…then they will know that You, Whose Name is Hashem, are alone, Most High over all the earth.
Tehillim #124: Had not Hashem been with us –let Israel declare it now! Had not Hashem been with us when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us alive, when their anger was kindled against us. Then the waters would have inundated us; the current would have surged across our soul. Then they would have surged across our soul – the treacherous waters. Blessed is Hashem, Who did not present us as prey for their teeth. Our soul escaped like a bird from the hunters’ snare; the snare broke and we escaped. Our help is through the Name of Hashem, Maker of heaven and earth.
Suzanne Davidson is a pro-Israel activist and founder of The LA Pro Israel Rally Committee. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Journal and Aish.com.