Rav Avigdor Miller on Praying for the IDF

How much of an interest should one take in the matzav in Eretz Yisroel and what can we do to help?

We have to daven. Eretz Yisroel today has so many frum yidden – tai’ereh frum yidden – it’s a pleasure to look at them. Frum families, frum moisdos ha’torah. We have to pray to Hakodosh Boruch Hu that there should be a mapalah for all the wicked Arabs. Every day in Shemona Esrei I say that. I ask for a mapalahfor all the wicked Arabs. And a mapalah for all the wicked Jews – the BAGATZ – the Supreme Court. A mapalah for them and for Meretz; all the resha’im. I say it every day in Shemonah Esrei. I say it bi’feirush. I say out their names every day. A mapalah to the Arabs and to the Reform Rabbis and to the Jews for Yushkeh – all the resha’im. The missionaries too. I throw them in for good measure. I mention all of them. I say it bi’feirush every day in אלוקי נצור at the end of shemonah esrei. I add all these things.

We must pray for the safety of Am Yisroel in Eretz Yisroel. They should be rescued. It’s so important that the Arabs should be defeated. 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?” It’s true; 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)