The day everyone has been talking about is almost here.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will soon address the US congress about the threat Iran poses to Israel. The Prime Minister is insisting that Israel has the right to defend herself and wants America’s support. The timely comparison has been made to the story of Esther. Prime Minister Netanyahu is taking a great risk by addressing Congress as Esther did when going to the King without being summoned. This is a very scary time for our country and our people. Global antisemitism is rearing its ugly head in full force and the maniacal theocracy of Iran is at the forefront with its threats of annihilation of the Jewish state. They are on the threshold of developing the weapons to carry out their stated goals. The Prime Minister is doing everything in his power to stop this threat.
I was inspired by a friend of mine who decided to do something special; a symbolic gesture of her own to beseech the “King”, as it were, for the safety of her people. In her own small way she wanted to do something important. She decided to go to Har Habayit on the day of the Prime Minister’s speech even though it is an act that many disapprove of as well. She always longed to go, but was aware of the many religious, political and safety difficulties it posed. She now felt compelled to go to not only as a fitting gesture, but as a pull to the Source that is her only hope in this time of desperation.
I know the hearts and minds of many are concerned for our future. I heard many people say they will fast and pray fervently this year on Taanit Esther for the threat IS once again so very real. I am asking that we don’t wait till then as it may be one day too late. My friend has inspired me to do some additional act so we may merit that his speech turns out well for our people and our country. I ask you to do the same. Don’t underestimate each small deed. The little we do when added together can do so much. This is the spirit of the holiday as well. Banding together with small acts and gestures was the prescription given by Mordechai for this purpose. Please join me today in a little pre Purim holiday activity and may we merit to rejoice in safety and security.