Reading the Hebrew press in the past few days has been distressing. A poll taken indicated the fears of many people that soon there would be another Holocaust and that Israel would be destroyed. Chas v’chalila (God forbid).

One can understand the fears mainly among an older population and, in particular, survivors of the Shoah. These fears haunt them and affect their daily lives. The fears are genuine but hopefully not realistic.

Our country is strong and we have developed sophisticated weapons with which to respond to any attack.

Hamas is building professionally designed underground tunnels in order to penetrate our borders but our military experts are developing new ways of detecting the location and of eliminating them.

My cousin in Ramat HaSharon just telephoned me to remind me that “anachnu haYehudim ma’aminim. Lo l’fached. Tamid yesh tikva”— we Jews believe. Do not be afraid. Hope is eternal.

What a comforting thought ! In the midst of fear, depression and despondency, we as a people turn inwards to our ancient faith and put our trust in God’s hands.

I think that constant warfare is inevitable. We have lived with it for a century and will continue to live with it.

Our enemies number in the many millions and they will not cease from waging war against us unless we eliminate them by destroying their homes, their weapon sites, their factories, their electric power, their water supply.

Crushing the oppressors without mercy will guarantee us security, perhaps not forever but for a very long period of time.

Z’chor et Amalek. Remember the Amalekites who attacked the innocent elderly and youth in the rear lines of the exodus from Egypt. They did not attack the strong but set their sights on the weak who were not able to defend themselves.

It is a lesson that we have learned. An important lesson. In order to preserve our lives, our safety, our security, every action must be taken.

We must continue to pray for tranquility, if not for peace itself, and we need to put our trust not only in God but also in the hands of our brave men and women, our dedicated soldiers in the IDF.

It is important to maintain our regular routines to show our strength and our determination never to surrender to our enemies.

If you live near elderly families or Holocaust survivors, it will be a mitzvah to look in on them, to help them in their food shopping, and most of all to re-assure them that they will not be in danger.

There will not be another Holocaust and the State of Israel will not be destroyed.

Lo l’fached. Tamid yesh tikva. Fear not. Hope is eternal. It is the faith of an eternal people who put their trust in an Eternal God.