Kenneth Cohen

A Biblical War

It seems very apparent to those who have a reasonable understanding of Jewish History, that the war Israel is currently fighting, is very much biblical. Despite the fact that we are now in 2024, the attacks against the Jewish people are very familiar.

When this war ends, the numerous stories of heroism and bravery, will become more publicized. It will now be okay, to openly acknowledge the Hand of G-d, and His Presence in guiding His faithful servants, the IDF, through this war.

We see a repetition of the past, with the enemy gloating and anticipating their great victory over Israel. Such wars have started in biblical times, with terrible humiliation of Israel, and a sense of desperation, but turning to Hashem brought about salvation beyond all expectations.

All of the Jewish people everywhere, felt this humiliation on October the seventh. The scene of hundreds of young people running for their lives from the Nova festival, is imprinted on our minds. It was a day when all Jews felt this pain and feeling of desperation.

Thankfully, we have an army that was activated to right the wrong that was done to us.

Despite the fact that many in the world have joined in this gloating, and have shown their anti-Semitic feelings towards Israel, things are changing. The verse from Megillat Esther rings in my head. The wicked Haman tried to annihilate all of the Jews in the Purim story. Everything changed from mourning to joy, and sadness to celebration. The verse states, “And many of the peoples of the land converted, because the fear of the Jews came upon them.”

The same result will happen in the near future, with G-d’s help. The world will suddenly fear and respect the Jews, as victory becomes ours. Some may remember how we were treated after the Six Day War. Jews were not afraid to ride on Arab buses from Jerusalem to Hebron. And when they did, the Arabs stood up for them out of respect, to be sure they had a seat.
We must have faith in the G-d of history, that great times are ahead for Israel. Despite the horribly demoralizing media, Israel is united in an amazing way. The collective prayer and the the rebirth of religious observance, and the spirit of our incredible soldiers, will bring about this victory. Perhaps it is no coincidence that we are only a little more than a month away, before celebrating Purim. We must never lose hope and we must remain optimistic that the future is brighter than anything we could have imagined.

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at
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