Hope must accompany vision rather than replace it. For when hope replaces vision, it turns quickly into bitter illusion, as we’ve regrettably witnessed these past several years.

This holds true for each of us on an individual basis as well. Although most of us do not have much influence, if any, on Israel’s political landscape, it is incumbent upon us to support Israel and its true vision, each in our own way. Whether assisting victims of terror, taking pride in our Jewish values, lobbying for Israel, purchasing products from Israeli manufacturers or enhancing our personal Jewish lives, we can all help tremendously.

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Such actions, buttressed by hope, will undoubtedly bring about brighter days for our brethren and our land as we will merit the fulfillment of the prophecy “You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of God, a royal diadem held by your God. No more shall men call you ‘forsaken’ or your land ‘desolate.’ But you shall be called ‘My delight’ and your land ‘espoused’ ” (Isaiah 62:3, 4).

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Rabbi Pinchas Allouche is head rabbi at Congregation Beth Tefillah in Scottsdale, Arizona. A sought-after lecturer and essayist, he was born in France received rabbinic ordination in Milan, Italy. He can be reached at Rabbi@BethTefillahAZ.org