Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Shover oivim u'machnia zedim

As the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz (Shiv'ah Asar b'Tammuz) winds down, I'd just like to post a note of caution.  We pray for HaShem to be Shover Oivim, the One Who Destroys Enemies, and that applies to the murderers of Naftali Fraenkel, Gil'ad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach.  But we also pray for HaShem to be Machnia Zedim, the One Who Humbles the Arrogant, and that applies to the murderers of Mohammed Abu Khdeir.  (Were they so arrogant as to think that murdering a Palestinian teenager in revenge for the murder of the Israeli teenagers would solve anything?)  It's important to maintain that balance, and to remember that playing the Destroyer and/or the Humbler is often not a good idea for normal mortals.

Unless there's no other choice.  May HaShem protect the Israel Defense Forces and the people of Israel during (and after) Operation Protective Edge.


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