OU, RCA And National Council Of Young Israel Call For Increased Torah Study Dedicated In Support Of The IDF And State Of Israel

The following was submitted to TLS by the OU. At time of great peril, when the Jewish people are under attack, Jews everywhere support those who defend them on the front lines through prayer, charity, and Torah study. For those of us living in the Diaspora, our charitable support of the Israel Defense Forces and our heartfelt prayers for their success and safety are joined with increase in our study of Torah.

The Talmud, Makkot 10a, states, “R. Yehoshua b. Levi said: What is the meaning of the [Psalmist’s] words, ‘Our feet stood within your gates, O Jerusalem’ (Psalms 122:2)? What helped us to maintain our firm foothold in war? The gates of Jerusalem — the place where students engaged in the study of Torah!”

The Rabbinical Council of America, the Orthodox Union, and the National Council of Young Israel call upon all Jews to increase their Torah study as spiritual support and merit for those Israeli soldiers and civilians on the front line of battle. Specifically, the RCA calls upon its members to convene special shiurim, lectures and classes, in their communities on this Wednesday and Thursday, 7th and 8th of Kislev (November 21-22, 2012), dedicated to the support of the IDF and the State of Israel.

In the merit of our increased study of Torah, may we merit the promise recorded in the Talmud, Sotah 21a, that the study of Torah protects and rescues those who engage in it.

The learning program is one element of the larger efforts to provide chizuk to our beleaguered brothers and sisters in Israel. That effort will include a financial campaign, and a solidarity visit by the RCA President and Vice-President along with along with American Jewish leaders and representatives from the OU and Young Israel. TLS.

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  1. PS…”The Medrash Rabah and the Yalkut relate that during the war against Midyon, for every one that went out to battle there was a designated person whose task it was to pray and learn for him. The Great Gaon and Sage Rebbe Chaim Kanievsky,shlita, when asked about this tradition pointed out that Dovid Hamelech, as well, continued and instituted the practice – that for every individual who was in combat, there was another person selected for the specific task of praying and learning for him. So please check out this website and join up!

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