Balak: Avenging Gilad, Naftali and Eyal



How do Jews avenge the spilling of innocent blood? 

Jews today live in a time of unprecedented freedom. Pretty much anywhere in the world we are free to be Jewish, to live Jewishly, to act Jewishly, to think Jewishly. 

How is it possible that three of our own brothers should be kidnapped and murdered in our own Holy Land?! Who would imagine that in today’s day and age three young Jewish students could be abducted and killedfor the simple reason that they were Jewish? 

Only a true force of evil could do such a thing. An evil that emanates from such dark falsehood that it cannot stand the light and truthfulness of the Jewish Nation and its Promised Land. 

There are three reactions to this type of darkness, that of Balaam, that of Job, and that of Jethro. The first encouraged the darkness; the second was silent; the third, when he saw the darkness, ran to the light. 

This is not the first time in history that darkness has tried to curse the blessed light of the Jewish people. The darkness thinks that by cursing the light it can extinguish its flame; the enemies of Israel think that by cursing the Jewish people they can conquer the Nation of Israel. 

It is not going to happen. “You shall not curse the people because they are blessed.” So says the Creator of the Universe. And who are we to disagree? 

Let us avenge our three boys, Gilad, Naftali and Eyal, who were consumed by the dark forces, by doubling and tripling our acts of light. This is our ultimate revenge against our enemies: To celebrate our Jewishness and our Jewish pride, to not just survive but to grow and thrive, through increasing in our mitzvoth and acts of goodness, whose light will ultimately eradicate all darkness.


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