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10 Years at War - 9/11/11

Wednesday, 7 September, 2011 - 2:43 pm


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This Sunday is Sept 11, 2011, 10 years since that fateful day when it all changed. The day America was attacked. 

We did not know who the enemy was or what they wanted. Since then, America has gone to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

Not to, God Forbid, minimize the pain and the tragedy 9/11 caused, however, we ask ourselves; What good is there in this tragedy? 

To truly understand something, we must experience it, or something like it, ourselves. This is especially true when one seeks to understand spiritual realities. To make palpable the spiritual to the human mind, one must first find the corresponding model in human experience. 

It is told of Rabbi Dovid Horodoker that he wept when Czar Nicholas II was overthrown in the Russian Revolution of 1917. "Why do you shed tears over the fall of a tyrant?" he was asked. "I cry because the metaphor of God as King of the universe is now gone. How could a kingless generation understand the utter surrender of self that the king-subject relationship epitomizes?” 

Now, after Sept 11, we can understand better when the Torah says (like it does in this weeks Torah portion): "When you go out in battle against your enemies". 

Our Sages explain that these verses don't only apply when the Jewish people go to war but are applicable to our inner spiritual battle as well. Our goal is to create homes and families where the atmosphere is harmonious and wholesome, expressing the values of thousands of years of Torah teachings. 

Against this come all kinds of threats. Some of them are very simple issues such as convenience and self-indulgence. Others are more problematic obsessions, which seem to haunt us continuously. 
 

We can win and we will win. The verse says "and the Lord, your God, will deliver him into your hands". In order to win we need to make an effort; we need to fight. We need to allow God’s light in and allow the victory to happen. We need to fight and allow God to do the rest. 

Make a commitment that the terrorists will not win. Choose a mitzvah, a good deed, that will be YOUR personal war on terror. Shabbat candles once a week, Teffilin at least once a week or putting a coin in the charity box every day. Need help implementing any of these? Reply to this email. 

Have a good Shabbos, 

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

 

P.S. Check out our 9/11/11 Site Here 

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