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Chabad Campaign Sweeps Through Israel: ‘With G-d’s Help, We Will Prevail’

From a new Torah scroll to honor soldiers, and tefillin and Shabbat candles with a timely message, Chabad works to instill hope and faith throughout the country

By Menachem Posner   |   July 29, 2014 10:32 AM Hundreds of brochures a day with the ''With G-d's Help We Will Prevail'' theme are handed out daily in Jerusalem's Machane Yehuda open air market.Hundreds of brochures a day with the "With G-d's Help We Will Prevail" theme are handed out daily in Jerusalem's Machane Yehuda open air market. 

“With G‑d’s help, we will prevail” is a line popping up all over Israel: on banners hanging from porches, on the covers of information brochures, on the glossy packages of Shabbat candles—and just about anywhere else Chabadvolunteers are able to reach.

In Hebrew, the phrase is just three words long, Beezrat Hashem ninatzeach!. Written in short form, the first two words contract to also be read as, “In Gaza.” Thus, the double catchphrase: “With G‑d’s help, we will prevail!” and “We will prevail in Gaza!”

The slogan runs through the multi-pronged campaign of the Chabad Youth Organization in Israel and Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries throughout the country to bring spiritual assurance and inspiration to civilians and soldiers alike as “Operation Protective Edge” enters its third week. 

Central to the campaign is the new Torahscroll being commissioned in the merit of the men and women of the Israel Defense Forces.

Members of the Chabad community are called upon to canvass for names of soldiers in whose merit letters will be written, and distribute forms for others to sign up a letter in the Torah scroll for them or their enlisted loved one(s). Last week, Chabad leaders met with Israel's Minister of Defense MosheYa'alon, who was the first to inscribe a letter in the new Torah scroll.

Inspiring and Uplifting Teachings from the Rebbe

Brochures with information and prayers to be said when laying tefillin, in addition to custom-made Shabbat candle kits, are being distributed with the same comforting message of hope emblazoned on their covers.

A specially prepared booklet has also been published with the Torah thoughts and teachings of the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—culled from his talks and letters when Israel went through similar challenges in the past.

 

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon pens the first letter of a Torah scroll written for the security of the troops. To his left is the sofer, Rabbi Mordechai Lishner; on his right is Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Aharonov, director of the Chabad Youth Organization in Israel. (Photo: Shalom Lavi)

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon pens the first letter of a Torah scroll written for the security of the troops. To his left is the sofer, Rabbi Mordechai Lishner; on his right is Rabbi Yosef YitzchakAharonov, director of the Chabad Youth Organization in Israel. (Photo: Shalom Lavi)

In addition, Chabad has distributed fliers with appropriate prayers and selections of psalms to be recited in times of danger. It is accompanied with a list of wounded Israeli soldiers. Following custom, it lists their Hebrew names, as well as their mothers’ names.

From banners and streamers hung from homes, shops and business places all over the country to videos and social media, the Chabad Youth Organization, Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries, and volunteers are determined to deliver the Rebbe’s message of faith, good deeds and a positive spirit to people throughout the country, based on the certain belief that “with G‑d’s help, we will prevail.”

In Hebrew, the phrase is just three words long, Beezrat Hashem ninatzeach!. Written in short form, the first two words contract to also be read as, “In Gaza.” Thus, the double catchphrase: “With G-d’s help, we will prevail!” and “We will prevail in Gaza!" 

Joining the Effort from Abroad

For those wishing to help in the effort from abroad, Chabad.org has set up a special web page where people can dedicate a mitzvah and write a note to IDF soldiers in general.

Mitzvahs and notes can be specifically directed to the wounded, and printouts will be hand-delivered by staff and volunteers of the Chabad Terror Victims Project.

Those wishing to write a letter and dedicate a mitzvah to IDF soldiers can click here to participate.

For more news, impressions, mitzvahs and prayers related to “Operation Protective Edge,” click here.

For those wishing to pray for the wounded, the following is the notice containing the Hebrew names of those who were hospitalized as of last Friday, along with their mothers’ names, which are to be used in prayers for a speedy and complete recovery.

Readers can click on the photo of the ad below for a full-size image of the ad for easier viewing of the names of the hospitalized soldiers.

 

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An ad in Israeli media provides the Hebrew names of the injured, along with their mothers’ first names; the hospitals in which they are being treated; and Psalm 20.

 

 

 

CTVP Begins Writing a New Torah Scroll as a 'Means of Security for our Troops’

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon writes first letter in a new Torah scroll to honor soldiers as a 'means of security for our troops’

Chabad.org Staff   |   July 24, 2014 6:58 PM 

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon pens the first letter of a Torah scroll written for the security of the troops. To his left is the sofer, Rabbi Mordechai Lishner; on his right is Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Aharonov, director of the Chabad Youth Organization in Israel. (Photo: Shalom Lavi)

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon pens the first letter of a Torah scroll written for the security of the troops. To his left is the sofer, Rabbi Mordechai Lishner; on his right is Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Aharonov, director of the Chabad Youth Organization in Israel. (Photo: Shalom Lavi)

Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon set aside a few minutes on Thursday to write the first letter in a new Torah scroll being written in Israel in the merit of the soldiers.

Using a quill pen, he wrote the letter bet, of the word Bereishit (“In the Beginning”) on the parchment scroll. Letters will be dedicated to every soldier in the Israel Defense Forces—those currently on active duty, as well as all reservists.

The sofer, or scribe, is Rabbi Mordechai Lishner of Kfar Chabad in Israel.

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Aharonov, director of the Chabad Youth Organization in Israel, said during the ceremony: “We are assured that every soldier for whom a letter has been written in this special Torah will feel an added measure of security. In our tradition, the letters of the Torah are especially potent with regards to safety and security, and we felt it incumbent upon us to deploy this spiritual means of security for our troops.”

The defense minister then wrapped tefillin and recited a short prayer.

Aharonov emphasized the importance of encouraging Jewish men everywhere to don tefillin, pointing to the “Tefillin Campaign” launched by the Rebbe—RabbiMenachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—before the Six-Day War in 1967, noting that: “The nations of the world will see that the name of G-d is called upon you, and they will fear you.” (Deuteronomy 28:10)

 

Afterwards, he wrapped tefillin and recited a prayer. (Photo: Shalom Lavi)

Afterwards, he wrapped tefillin and recited a prayer. (Photo: Shalom Lavi)

 

 

 

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