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Another Day of Pain

Another Day of Pain

Rabbi Eilfort explains the tragedy of Mumbai and what the proper reaction is for us to take. This is a fight of good vs. evil and good will prevail.

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A(nother) Day of Pain
By Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort
Here we sit, yet again, in a state of intense emotional pain, sadness, anger, and frustration. Here we sit, yet again, contemplating the evil senselessness of Islamic terror. Here we sit, yet again, wondering when this long, bitter exile will finally end, and the whole world will be joined in true peace and harmony. But this time it is much worse and the pain hits much closer to home.
Rabbi and Mrs. Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg were Shluchim – emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe – in Mumbai, India. What is the job of a Shliach? A Shliach’s job is to try and help people – all people – and to help them in all different ways. Some folks need spiritual guidance while others need a hot meal. Some want to educate themselves or their children while others need a Rabbi to help bury a parent. Many people don’t realize that although Shluchim are primarily focusing on Jews they also make themselves available to non-Jews who seek their help. Shluchim embody goodness and kindness of the highest order. Shluchim are givers.
We have witnessed a despicable act of hatred and destruction. Islamic terrorists purposely snuffed out the lives of Rabbi and Rebbetzin Holtzberg. What terrible crime had the Holtzbergs committed? How could this young couple possibly be viewed as a threat to a religion with over one billion adherents worldwide?
In Judaism we learn that a person is judged by what he does. The Holtzbergs must therefore be viewed as righteous, and those who murdered them must be viewed as wicked and evil. These terrorists carefully chose their targets. The Holtzbergs must obviously have stood for the opposite of what these dastardly terrorists represent. There is a war going on in the world. It is World War III. We have on the one side the good and righteous, people like the Holtzbergs. On the other side we have the forces of evil.
The war has been foisted upon the good and righteous. People who are good and righteous do not want war. People like the Holtzbergs don’t want to fight with those who are dark and evil. They would prefer to continue to share their love with any who comes to drink of it. But alas, their beautiful and meaningful lives have been tragically and purposely cut short by some sick "religious" subhuman Islamic terrorists.
It is time for clarity. We cannot continue to allow equivocation by the mainstream media. When the media refuses to call terrorists by their rightful name and instead call them militants or freedom fighters the media is helping the evil ones win this war. A war cannot be possibly won unless the enemy is clearly identified.
I am waiting to hear the cries of disapproval from the Muslim community for this latest act of savagery. Where are the “moderates?” How come they are not fighting to expunge the evil from their midst? It is time that they are asked a direct question; “Are you willing to join us in this fight against evil?’ "Are you with us or are you against us?"
We need to fight back. Never again must we allow ourselves to be led to the gas chambers like sheep to the slaughter. Never again can we allow these types of hateful people to gain control over us. We must fight now!
A Jew employs many types of ammunition in his or her fight against evil. Beyond the traditional weapons we look to strengthen our most important alliance; our connection with the Almighty. At this difficult time when even innocent and angelic people like the Holtzbergs are under attack because of who they are and what they represent, the rest of us must rally to this call to arms! Let us hone our weapons. Let us add in our Torah learning, prayers, and most importantly acts of kindness. Our acts of kindness will defeat their darkness.
The evil ones, the Islamic terrorists, have tried to snuff out a beautiful Jewish Chabad community. Let us therefore respond by building 100 new beautiful Chabad communities! Our light will defeat their darkness! Our good will defeat their evil. We must not be complacent and we must not fool ourselves. We must not rely on others to do our job for us. We must be ready, willing, and able to fight this final war.
Let our pain crystallize into a fiery resolve to complete our divinely ordained mission. Let us forge ahead with the courage born of the knowledge that G‑d is most definitely on our side and we are fighting His war. We will receive the blessings of G‑d. And Moshiach will come now!
Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort is director of Chabad at La Costa and a scholar on AskMoses.com. Rabbi Eilfort welcomes readers comments and questions and may be reached via e-mail at rabbiE@chabadatlacosta.com.
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