How much of an interest should one take in the matzav in Eretz Yisroel and what can we do to help?
We can daven. Eretz Yisroel today has so many frum Jews, tai’ereh frum Jews – it’s a pleasure to look at them. Frum families, frum mosdos hatorah. We have to pray to Hakodosh Boruch Hu that there should be a mapalah, a big downfall, for all the wicked Arabs. Every day in shemona esrei I say that. I ask for a mapalah for all the wicked Arabs.
And a mapalah also for all the wicked Jews too. The BAGATZ, the Supreme Court. A mapalah for them and for Meretz and all the reshaim. I say it every day in shemona esrei. I say it bifeirush – I say their names every day. A mapalah to the Arabs and to the Reform rabbis. And to the Jews for Yushkeh, the missionaries, too – I add them in for good measure. I mention all of them. I say it bifeirush every day in Elokai netzor at the end of shemona esrei; I add all these things.
We should pray, however, for the safety of Am Yisroel in Eretz Yisroel! They should be rescued. It’s so important that the Arabs should be defeated! If the Arabs would come in – chas ve’shalom, chas ve’shalom.
Now, somebody asked me a question – he said, “What?! Do you want to give a victory to the IDF when we know that all kinds of sins are done in the Jewish army?” That’s right. But suppose there is an apikoris who is trying to save you from an enemy, from an Arab who is running after you and trying to kill you. Do you want that apikoris to be killed? No. You want him to live until – at least until – he saves your life. After he saves your life, that’s something else. So we want the army to be successful until they defeat all the Arabs.
TAPE # E-258 (January 2001)