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Hur and Aharon holding up Moshe's hands as Joshua battled Amalek. Our leaders once knew how to deal with Amalek.

I would guarantee that there wasn’t a Jew in Israel eight years ago, including the most leftist, cynical and secularist, who didn’t, even if for just one moment, think to himself that Arik Sharon was being punished by God for the crime of the Gush Katif expulsion.

Whether they afterwards denied or ignored it is irrelevant. For an instant, every Jew in Israel understood Sharon’s debilitating stroke as a sign from the universe.

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That’s the problem with miracles and signs, and why we Jews don’t use signs as foundations of our faith: they’re fleeting.

Last Shabbat’s parshah–Beshalach–is full of stories of massive, yet ephemeral miracles. We learn how Bnei Yisrael would experience a miracle, and then simply ignore it a few days later, or worse, experience miracles everyday (like the manna) and regard them as commonplace.

It would seem that the purpose of miracles is not to create blind faith, because it fails miserably in that direction, but to serve as a teaching moment, and occasionally for a course correction.

The manna taught Bnei Yisrael about keeping Shabbat and about trusting in God to provide our “daily bread.” The tearing of Yam Suf helped Bnei Yisrael take their first steps away from fear and servitude under the Egyptians and toward trusting in and serving God.

At the end of the Parsha, Amalek attacks Bnei Yisrael, and we see the miraculous and inexplicable interaction between Moshe’s raised hands and the battle with Amalek. The Parsha ends with Joshua “weakening” Amalek, and us, the Jews, being commanded to wipe out any memory of Amalek from the face of the Earth.

Why was Amalek the first to attack Israel after all the miracles and Egypt’s destruction?

Because Amalek is the antithesis of Israel.

Amalek doesn’t believe in divine providence or divine intervention. Amalek believes in coincidence (“Kerry” in Hebrew). They attacked Israel to prove the ideology of a universe with no direction, judge or justice, where all events are random and hence where morality is inconceivable. The only morality of that ideology is the survival of the strongest. There are no values other than those of the people in charge.

And their kerry-coincidence approach to reality constitutes a very strong belief, which is why Joshua, despite his victory, was only able to weaken it, and why it is something we must continue to fight in every generation.

It is only our trust in God, our belief in Divine intervention, that will allow us to win the latest round of this ongoing war against the ideology of coincidence.

John Kerry said about Sharon, “He was prepared to make tough decisions because he knew that his responsibility to his people was both to ensure their security and to give every chance to the hope that they could live in peace.”

He wants Netanyahu to forget that Sharon failed miserably in his pursuit of both peace and security. His mad retreat from Gaza, deporting thousands of Jews, destroying homes, synagogues, fields, equipment, resulted in a lot more bloodshed and destruction than ever before. How can anyone look at Sharon’s abysmal record in Gaza and say they would like to repeat it, but this time make it five times or ten times more terrible?

Our modern day prophet of kerry–aptly named Mr. Kerry–wants Netanyahu to forget about God’s guiding hand in Jewish history, and the retribution that befell the late Ariel Sharon.

It’s no coincidence that Sharon died this week, when it appears that Israel is under dire threats, and fateful decisions lie in the hands of one man who must now choose to have faith in the God of our history, or in the man of coincidence and happenstance.

Netanyahu is our Joshua, and we must be his Moshe, holding up our hands to strengthen him, and to remind him of the One who fights our battles, the true source of our strength, victory and survival.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. There are times people trust in politicians or give in to political pressures than trusting God’s principle. There was a great possibility Sharon failed by turning over Gaza to PA which become their rockets ground against Israel. Peace in terms of Arabs if Israel as a nation ceases to exist. It’s a great failure to trade lands or prisoners for peace. Israel’s God is the only means to confirm this peace in Israel. Daniel 9:27. God’s plan for peace is for Israel’s enemies to bend their knees before Israel. Isaiah 60:14. This is the Lord’s battle and will accomplish it in His time.

  2. THE INTERVENTION OF GOD IN THE COUNTRY Israel !

    2 prime ministers of Israel died suddenly MUST WHEN THEY SERIOUS VIOLATION OF HOW THE PEOPLE OF NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT own discretion MINH.NHUNG WHAT HAPPENED TO 2 This Prime Minister is no coincidence , BUT THIS IS THE WARNING FROM GOD .
    So do not Netanyahu BEFORE THE LAND THAT POWER THE ARMS OF GOD HAS BIG TAKE BACK THEIR PEOPLES . IF HE DOES NOT CAREFUL AND DO NOT rely on GOD WILL PROTECT Sorry for him .

    LOOK AT PICTURES OF LIFE THROUGH JEWISH 2 premier , will alert LESSONS TO TEACH MEN WORLDWIDE Protestant pastor . Pastoral AND IN THE WAY in leading people , IF ANY AGREEMENTS WITH THEIR LIVES OF WORLD fate he same thing .

  3. Agreeing completely with comments below. Ca Thuong Pham, you are totally right. There is NO WORD in Hebrew for coincidence. GOD'S people should NOT even debate giving away the HOLY LAND, let alone actually do it. The LAND belongs to GOD. They are the keepers. We must pray for PM Netanyahu. He needs supernatural support. The US will suffer for trying to split GOD'S LAND. We much also pray for the US. Stay out of GOD'S plans!!!!!

  4. This article is so right on. Israel please listen to the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Not man. G-d will deliver you. Follow the Bible and do what it says. G-d is angry when you give up the land He has given to you. It is written in Joel. Pray for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. May he make wise decisions and not compromise what he knows in his heart to be true. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem for if you do you will be blessed. Psalm 122;6

  5. Great Article ..Kol Hakavod ! I believe Bibi already knows that his trust and faith in Hashem is the ONLY thing that will pull Israel through to survival in these days facing us.
    May Hashem give Bibi widsom and strength to forbear as he will be the PM used to' win this war' for Israel . Baruch Hashem !

  6. Great article indeed, the modern day Amalek is trying hard to destroy Israel, and is coming from behind trying to hit the weak in their eyes. May HaShem provide protection for His people and His land. Interesting about Kerry-coincidence and this is no coincidence pun intended! about the timing and the person, same old spirit.

  7. May be there could be found a lesson to learn from the Biblical record, that is a leader needs the support of his people in order for his people to prevail in times of difficulties and danger. Unfortunately in Israel it seems that leaders are there to be brought down.

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