Matot: What Can We Do For Israel?



A thunderstorm of unceasing rockets is raining down upon the Land of Israel, slamming into its holy earth. Striking Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, these projectiles of death are no longer limited to the border cities but are hitting the very heart of Israel itself. 

Perhaps the ultimate question for us is: How do we, in the Diaspora, support our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land? What can we, living in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe, do for our fellow Jews in Israel? 

The answer lies in the words Moses spoke to the tribes of Reuven and Gad, who desired to settle outside of Israel, east of the Jordan River. And it is based on a fascinating Talmud Yerushalami on what it means to fulfill our obligation to God and to mankind. 

We, who dwell across the globe, east of the Jordan, must fulfill our obligation – we must connect to Israel, stand one with Israel, in such a way that is clear before God, and is clear before man. 

One way to do that is to be living examples of what Israel is all about — walking, talking holiness. 

This is how we turn rockets of hate into offers of peace. This is how we turn the destruction of the Temple, into the building the Third Eternal Temple speedily in our days.


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