This doesn’t even include all the Israeli soldiers mortally wounded under terror attacks while defending our very right to exist, our freedoms and our Homeland. It doesn’t begin to include all the deliberately targeted and savagely murdered individuals around the world, who were attacked and killed solely because they were Jews. There was no other reason.
Every year on Passover we sit around the table to retell our history of redemption. More than a story, our Pesach Haggadah lets us experience and learn from our past, and gives us hope for our future. When we opened our doors this past year on Seder night, we yearned for Eliyahu HaNavi, Elijah the Prophet, to usher us into a new world of true Shalom for Am Yisroel and Eretz Yisroel, Peace for all mankind really. We recited with fervor, “Next Year in Jerusalem!” That was not to be. We learned instead of the monstrous creature who chose to attack and kill dear Jews at a Poway Synagogue on Shabbos Kodesh, the last day of Pesach.
Added to the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre, it was as if terror strikes against Jews is somehow just a thing that happens. After all it’s really a daily occurrence in Israel, and there have been more frequent attacks around the world too. We just live with it, along with countless other sinister, cowardly attacks against Jews who were carrying on their daily lives when assaulted. Right? Wait, what?!
We mourned as a unified nation. Thousands of years after the destruction of our Holy Temples, we still do the very same ritual Mitzvos and prayers of our ancestors. Why? We’re Jews! We yearn to rebuild and strengthen our connection with our Lord. We have faith. That’s what makes us Jews.
Now comes Shabbos Nachamu, The Sabbath of Comfort. Yeshayahu, Isaiah the Prophet declares נַֽחֲמ֥וּ נַֽחֲמ֖וּ עַמִּ֑י Console Console My People.
|הַמּוֹצִ֥יא בְמִסְפָּ֖ר צְבָאָ֑ם לְכֻלָּם֙ בְּשֵׁ֣ם יִקְרָ֔א מֵרֹ֚ב אוֹנִים֙ וְאַמִּ֣יץ כֹּ֔חַ אִ֖ישׁ לֹ֥א נֶעְדָּֽר|
Every single one is called by name, from G-d. Every single one is precious. Every single one is known for eternity… No one is missing.
those who put their hope in the Lord shall renew [their] vigor, they shall raise wings as eagles; they shall run and not weary, they shall walk and not tire.