Dealing with security situation in Eretz Yisrael today [#2816]

Question:

L’Kavod HaRav, shlit”a. It’s well-known that the situation today in Eretz Yisrael is very dangerous. I know that we don’t need to fall into despair and that we should just learn Torah, strengthen our fear of Heaven, say Tehillim and daven personally to improve the situation in Eretz Yisrael. Can the Rav advise anything we need to learn about, how to strengthen ourselves, which chapters of Tehillim to say, and what to daven for specifically, for the sake of the Jewish nation?

Answer:

The main danger [in Eretz Yisrael] today is not that there is a physical danger to our body here, but because of the danger to our souls. The very fact that people are more afraid of the physical danger here, than the danger to their souls, is what places us in danger more than anything else [because the very attitude of attributing more importance to our physical situation than to our spiritual situation is an attitude that endangers our true being: our soul].

We need to know that tefillah (prayer) is certainly an important part of our avodah, but it is only a part of our task. Part of our task is the inner work that one needs to do with oneself, and the other part of the task lies in turning to the Creator. The personal inner work that we need to with ourselves is to feel separate from the direction that the generation is moving in today, and to live alone, with the few that serve Hashem. We can do so both in the external sense and in the internal sense as much as possible (in addition to benefiting others on our own level). This separation from the generation that we need to make can be compared to the “Ark of Noach”, and like Moshe running away [from Egypt] to Yisro. One needs to become immersed in the inner world of Torah learning, avodas Hashem, and chessed – just as Noach involved himself in chessed for all the time that he built the Ark, and just as Moshe practiced solitude in the fields, as described in Sefer HaMaspik L’Ovdei Hashem.

Therefore, when we daven, we need to mainly daven for the spiritual situation of the generation, and partially about the physical situation of others, such as davening for others’ health, livelihood, etc. The main thing is to daven according to your current level, from the deepest and most genuine place in yourself that you are in touch with. It is written, “For all hearts seek Hashem” – [we need to daven from] the very inner point of our heart, the all-inclusive point that is in our heart, the power of collectiveness [of the Jewish people] which does not become involved with our personal issues.

Furthermore, one needs to firmly establish the emunah peshutah (simple faith) that it is Hashem Who did, does, and will do everything, and that there is no one in charge except for Hashem. One needs to connect both in his mind and in his heart to this belief, for all of his days – and for all of eternity.