Motti Wilhelm

The Hague Plague

Kfir Bibas, who was taken hostage by Hamas at 9 months, celebrated his first birthday, Israel suffered its deadliest day of this war, and The Hague decided to lecture Israel. All in one week.

We’ve been in tight spots before. When Egypt was behind us and a raging sea in front of us, our nation panicked, bickered, and nearly broke down.

It was then that Hashem communicated the message that has guided us ever since: Move Forward.

You have a mission, and there is a destination. Move towards it.

What are we to do when the ICC prosecutes the victim and not the perpetrator? How should we respond when the UN condemns the peacemaker in place of the warmonger? When the world marches in support of the captor and ignores the captive, what action do we take?

We align with our mission and move forward.

We recall that we are a nation with a purpose and goal. We have been called upon to make the presence of the creator known and spread justice, peace, and purpose.

We stay focused on our goal and move forward towards it.

Our job is to step into the sea. It’s Hashem’s role to split it.

Take action. Any action.

Here is an idea: Wear a Kippah for a week. Let the world know you are Jewish and proud.

It will change your life. People will come over to you in the malls and apologize for what is happening to Israel. In airports, people will offer you a blessing, and more than anything else, you will be an ambassador of the Jewish people wherever you go. You will show the world Am Yisroel Chai.

Try it for one week. Move forward.

About the Author
Rabbi Motti Wilhelm received his diploma of Talmudic Studies from the Rabbinical College of Australia & New Zealand in 2003 and was ordained as a rabbi by the Rabbinical College of America and Israel’s former chief Rabbi Mordecha Eliyahu in 2004. He was the editor of Kovetz Ohelei Torah, a respected Journal of Talmudic essays. He lectures on Talmudic Law, Medical Ethics and a wide array of Jewish subjects and has led services in the United States, Canada, Africa and Australia. His video blog Rabbi Motti's Minute is highly popular as are his weekly emails. Rabbi Wilhelm and his wife Mimi lead Chabad SW Portland as Shluchim of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
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