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The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

Whatever is meant to happen, will happen. The best thing we can do is simply have faith.
Paula R. Stern

Over the Rosh Hashana table, I shared a story with my parents that my husband had told me long ago. Even as I was telling the story, I thought that I should share it here on the blog. My mother agreed and so here it is…

In 1973, when the Egyptians went to war against Israel on Yom Kippur, a young Egyptian soldier was sent into Sinai. He was a Coptic Christian in a unit of Muslims. His mother sent him to war with a Bible and in it, she wrote, “May the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob protect you.”

Not long after they arrived and before they could confront the Israeli army in battle, other soldiers found the inscription and reported him. He was taken back to Cairo, suspected of being a spy for Israel.

He explained that he was a loyal Egyptian soldier, had no contact with Israel, and his mother had written that because they are Christians.

He was cleared, as there was no evidence against him to support his having had any contact with Israel and yet, by the time he was able to return to his unit – it had been entirely wiped out by the Israeli army and so, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Israel, had indeed protected him.

I’ve always loved that story…and so I share it with you. The lesson is that there are things happening everywhere, all part of God’s plan. Whatever is meant to happen, will happen. The best thing we can do is simply have faith.

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One Response to “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob”

  1. Sh’ma Oh Israel!
    The shofar is sounding!
    Can you hear it?
    Can you hear it with your heart?
    Can you hear it in your Spirit children of Israel?
    Times are coming,
    Momentous times,
    Awesome times.
    Can you hear with your heart?
    Can you bear to listen with a contrite heart to the Mitzvot of Adonai,
    Can you listen and turn back to Him?
    The earth will shake and mountains will fall!
    To whom will you turn?
    To whom will you lift up your eyes?
    To the wise man, the warrior, the famous?
    The ones who’s words are like a drug that numbs the mind?
    Trust not in the arm of flesh.
    Do not lean upon a broken reed.
    Consider the rock from which you were hewn.
    Soon will come times of sifting’.
    The shofar is blowing Oh Israel!
    A cry is coming forth from Zion.
    Turn, do Tshuva, turn to your Holy G-d,
    The One who brought you out of slavery,
    And He will shield you beneath his pinions,
    Like an eagle protects her young,
    Turn and see the arm of Adonai revealed,
    Mighty to Save, El Shaddai is His awesome, holy name,
    Listen to His voice and turn, turn to the rock of your salvation.
    Sh’ma, sh’ma! Oh Israel!

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