50 years ago, with the victory of the Six Day War, the world saw Israel as David, whose G-d performed a miracle of biblical proportions and slew its giant enemy, Goliath the Philistine in the form of the Arab nations.
Today, many across the globe (and, sadly, within Israel itself) call Israel “Goliath,” a mean bully that is attacking poor “David.” Today, some people portray Israel as a giant warrior in armor attacking the poor Palestinians.
This has become a major PR and political disadvantage for Israel – especially on campuses and with the so-called “liberal-minded” Jews and others. How did Israel go from such a miraculous and resounding victory to such an unresolved state of affairs in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and Gaza? From being a David to being perceived as a Goliath?
King David, of the David and Goliath story, was born and passed away on Shavuot.
King David is the epitome of Israel, the symbol of Israel, the eternity of Israel – the King of Israel (Dovid melech Yisroel chai v’kayom), and from King David stem all the Kings of Israel, including the final redeemer, Moshiach.
What is King David’s secret weapon? And what is its connection to Shavuot, King David’s birthday and yahrzeit? How can that empower us today?
King David, and his chosen weaponry for eternal victory over Goliath, teaches us what it means to receive the Torah and how to achieve total and eternal victory over our present-day Goliaths.
50 years from the Six-Day War and we can resolve all of Israel’s challenges with a change in perspective – and an acknowledgment of who we, Israel, really are.