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Yoseph Janowski
By the Grace of G-d

Looking forward

We have the ability to be sad, or happy. To cry, or to rejoice. Pessimistic or optimistic.

It’s our choice. When soldiers march into battle, the morale can make all the difference. The Jewish people are now in battle, in Israel against Hamas and Hezbollah and Iran, and worldwide against antisemitism. We can be frightened distraught and sad, or we can be calm and confident in G-d’s protection.

I once read, that the Lubavitcher Rebbe liked very much an interpretation of Polish Chassidim on Psalm 126 (verses 2 and 3).

“Then the nations exclaimed (in astonishment) ‘The Lord has done great things for them (the Jews).’ The Lord did great things for us, we were happy.”

The Polish Chassidim interpreted it thusly: The Lord did great things for us because we were happy.

Being happy and optimistic and trusting in G-d to save us, can be a merit to speed G-d’s help. As the Chassidic expression goes: “Think good and it will be good.” Thinking optimistically can hasten all good things.

“When G-d returned our captivity, we rejoiced…The nations will wonder that G-d did great things for us…Return O Lord our captives, like rushing waters in the Negev. Those who plant with tears will reap with joy.” (Excerpts from Psalm 126)

May we soon hear good news, including the good news of Redemption with our righteous Moshiach.

About the Author
The author lives in Toronto, Canada. He has written for ExodusMagazine.org.
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