10/16/15 Message From Rabbi Shalom Rosner On the Situation in Israel
By Rabbi Shalom Rosner, Bet Shemesh
Dear Kaylie Family,
¬† ¬†As you all know, we, who have the privilege of living in ◊ź◊®◊• ◊ô◊©◊®◊ź◊ú, are presently going through some difficult times. Though we continue to go through our normal lives and daily routines, we are extremely apprehensive each time we check the news, and we are heartbroken when we hear of another ◊§◊ô◊í◊ē◊Ę, another orphan or widow, or another person admitted to the closest hospital. Yes, we are living in challenging times. But allow me to share a relevant thought, which hopefully could give us some feelings of encouragement. ¬†
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† The ◊†◊Ď◊ô◊ź ◊Ė◊õ◊®◊ô◊Ē ◊ė:◊ė tells us ◊í◊ô◊ú◊ô ◊ě◊ź◊ď ◊Ď◊™ ◊¶◊ô◊ē◊ü ◊Ē◊®◊ô◊Ę◊ô ◊Ď◊™ ◊ô◊®◊ē◊©◊ú◊ô◊Ě, ◊Ē◊†◊Ē ◊ě◊ú◊õ◊ö ◊ô◊Ď◊ē◊ź ◊ú◊ö ◊¶◊ď◊ô◊ß ◊ē◊†◊ē◊©◊Ę ◊Ē◊ē◊ź, ◊Ę◊†◊ô ◊ē◊®◊ē◊õ◊Ď ◊Ę◊ú ◊Ē◊ó◊ě◊ē◊®. ◊Ė◊õ◊®◊ô◊Ē tells us to celebrate, sing with joy, your ◊ě◊ú◊ö ◊Ē◊ě◊©◊ô◊ó is on his way, riding on a glamorous donkey! Not a horse, or stallion, but a ◊ó◊ě◊ē◊®. Why does the ◊†◊Ď◊ô◊ź describe ◊ě◊©◊ô◊ó in these terms? If anyone has ever rode on a donkey, it's an unusual experience. Unlike a horse which basically gives a smooth and straight ride, a donkey starts and stops, goes backwards then sideways then goes back on path. Eventually, the destination is reached, but only after an exhausting and somewhat frustrating journey. The process of ◊í◊ź◊ē◊ú◊Ē, ◊Ė◊õ◊®◊ô◊Ē is telling us, is not a smooth and easy journey. It has many challenges, it includes painful and difficult moments, but it is still a journey which is leading to our ultimate destiny.
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† All of us who live here, each and every day, recognize and appreciate these prophetic words of ◊Ė◊õ◊®◊ô◊Ē. Our ◊í◊ź◊ē◊ú◊Ē process has taken almost 2000 years. We have had many trials and tribulations throughout the ages, but against all odds, we are still here. ◊Ę◊Ě ◊ô◊©◊®◊ź◊ú ◊ó◊ô. We are heading towards the final stages of the process, and ◊ź◊®◊• ◊ô◊©◊®◊ź◊ú, as always, is on center stage. We feel part of God's chosen nation, even and maybe due to the fact that those around us are trying to erase our existence. ◊™◊ě◊ô◊ď ◊Ę◊ô◊†◊ô ◊Ē' ◊ź-◊ú◊ß◊ô◊ö ◊Ď◊Ē. We thank ◊Ē' daily for the privilege of living here, and wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. We just pray that we are nearing the end of our journey.
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† In a connected vein, Rav Hirsch writes that whenever tragedy or national calamities befall ◊Ę◊Ě ◊ô◊©◊®◊ź◊ú, we cannot ask "why" but "what". What can I do, how can I react? In true Camp Kaylie spirit, I think that each of us, in addition to the extra ◊™◊Ē◊ú◊ô◊Ě and learning, needs to commit to spreading a little more ◊ź◊Ē◊Ď◊™ ◊ó◊†◊Ě. There is too much strife in our communities today. A little more patience in our relationships, in our shuls, on the road, with our children. A ◊ě◊Ę◊©◊Ē ◊ó◊°◊ď that is done purely for the purpose of ◊ó◊°◊ď, a smile or a helping hand even to someone who we aren't particularly close with. We lost the ◊ě◊ß◊ď◊© due to ◊©◊†◊ź◊™ ◊ó◊†◊Ě, we need to show ◊Ē'that we are ready to get it back. Who knows which act, which ◊ó◊°◊ď, is finally going to put us over the top.
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Knowing that Jews around the world are all coming together, in ◊™◊§◊ô◊ú◊Ē, ◊™◊Ē◊ú◊ô◊Ě, ◊ē◊ó◊°◊ď, as well as just feeling the pain with us, gives us the strength to overcome any challenge that may lie ahead. ¬† ◊ô◊Ē◊ô ◊®◊¶◊ē◊ü that we are really able to sing and dance in fulfillment of ¬†◊†◊Ď◊ē◊ź◊™ ◊Ė◊õ◊®◊ô◊Ē speedily in our days. ¬† ¬†Have a great Shabbos
Rabbi Shalom Rosner, Bet Shemesh