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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Say a Prayer for Me...

Gilad Shalit

I know that ten million posts have already gone up to ask that you say a prayer for our kidnapped soldier to return home safely and whole, but one more wouldn't hurt. For the moment, I've decided to stop being angry and feel helpless. When my mother was suffering through grueling chemo therapy for her breast cancer, I felt pretty much the same way I feel now; impotent and helpless. It was at that most desperate moment that I realized that things were not up to me. They're up to G-d. At these harrowing moments, I feel that I need to just let go, and hope that He will give those in charge of this boy's life the courage and where withall to do right by him and by the country. If they choose not accept that help, than that's their failure; not His.

I would like to start a prayer chain. I know that I'm not the most popular blogger in the world, but I know that enough of you who read it know some-one else who knows some-else who would blog a prayer for an endangered soldier. By prayer chain, I don't mean posting for those who read it to say a prayer. That's already been done. I mean, actually putting a prayer for him on your blog that other people can repeat. People say different prayer for different reasons. I don't care about your religious observance; the more denominations, the better. Hindu, Muslim, Christian, whatever. If you're a human being that cares about others in need, you'll want to participate in this even if you have no connection or thoughts what-so-ever to this situation. Just, please place a prayer on your site and take a moment of silence to say it and spread the word. It doesn't have to be an "official" prayer. It can be in your own words. Pray to whatever G-d you believe in to look out for this incredibly young man and return him to his parents safe and sound.

Here is my prayer:
This is a soldier's psalm, actually written by an officer serving in Iraq. I have changed a few words, but it is essentially the same and seems fitting.
Your truth, O Lord, my shield shall be;
Under your wings shall I trust
Your flanks within,
Drenched with smoke and dust.
Soldiers see through this war
Chastened by each death.

War's steps take hold on Israel
Lest enemies be filled with strength,
Who wash down their cries with blood
As if gorging bitter grapes.
Soldiers see through this war
Glimpsed like a shade's face.

When will this war end?
Not with the sweep of a hand.
Comrades with comrades know
With bandaged temples and hands.
Soldiers see through this war
On a plain of sand.

O Lord I shall not be afraid
By the terror of the night;
Nor by the hate that torches
The length of daylight.
O keep my soul still, Lord,
For depths worse than hell.


At 7:08 PM, Blogger westbankmama said...

Wonderful prayer.

At 7:17 PM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

That's a beautiful prayer. I'll put it up.

At 5:04 AM, Blogger Debbie said...

I clicked over from Shlemazl's blog. I too am praying, as are my fellow Christians here in America. God keep him safe and return him to his family soon.

Right Truth

At 10:07 AM, Blogger westbankmama said...

I put a Psalm on my blog this morning. This is a wonderful idea.

At 12:57 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Thanks, debbie. It's really appreciated.

wbm, thank you. You all humble me. You're all just such amazingly wonderful people.

At 1:07 AM, Blogger Fern Sidman said...



As the tension mounts between Israel and the plethora of Arab terrorist organizations that claim responsibility for the kidnapping of IDF Corp. Gilad Shalit, we sit glued to news reports of any developments. Our hearts go out to the family of Corp. Shalit and we lift our voices to Heaven and beseech the Almighty G-d of Israel to return Corp. Shalit, alive and well to his family and to his nation.

We offer prayers and supplications to Hashem for his speedy release and we ask Hashem to provide comfort and strength to Corp. Shalit's family and friends.

As "Operation Summer Rains" continue in Gaza, israelinsider.com reports that, "Israeli aircraft sent missiles tearing through the office of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday, in an unmistakable message to his ruling Hamas group to free an Israeli soldier.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the military was ordered to do "everything" within its power to return the captured 19-year-old corporal, and cautioned that arrests of senior Hamas officials could spread to Gaza, the Islamic militant group's power base, a confidant said.

Defense Minister Amir Peretz, meanwhile, said Israel would go after "higher-caliber targets" in the future -- a reference to senior Hamas officials inside and outside of the Palestinian territories, a political ally said.

Israeli aircraft, tanks and naval gunboats have been pounding Gaza for the past week in an effort to win the freedom of Cpl. Gilad Shalit, seized in a cross-border raid. Thousands of troops were also sent into the coastal strip for Israel's first ground invasion since quitting Gaza nine months ago."

In addition, the Arab terrorists have issued news demands for the release of Corp. Shalit. According to further news reports from israelinsider.com, "Palestinian militants holding an Israeli soldier issued a new set of demands Saturday, calling for the release of 1,000 prisoners and a halt to Israel's military offensive in Gaza. But Israel rejected the demands.

The militants called for the release of 1,000 prisoners, including non-Palestinian Muslims and Arabs held by Israel. The gesture appeared to be aimed at boosting support in the broader Arab world.

The statement repeated a demand made earlier this week for the release of all Palestinian women and minors held in Israeli prisons -- an estimated 500 people -- in exchange for information about Shalit. "

The Jerusalem Post (07/02/06) reported that, "Hamas's armed wing, Izaddin al-Kassam, on Sunday threatened to attack infrastructure facilities inside Israel, including schools, hospitals and universities. The threat, the first of its kind since Hamas won the parliamentary election last January, was issued in response to continued Israeli military strikes in the Gaza Strip.
"If they continue with these attacks, we will strike at targets in Zionist territory that we have not struck until now," said the organization's spokesman.

According to a report by Fox News on 07/02/06 that an anti-Israel and anti-American demonstrated was held in Sidon, Lebanon by Palestinians protesting the Israeli attacks in Gaza. "About 2,000 Palestinians protesting the Israeli military offensive in Gaza set fire to an Israeli flag and shouted "Death to Israel" Sunday as they marched in Lebanon's largest refugee camp.
Children, some in military uniforms, women and men took part in the protest in Ein e--Hilweh, Lebanon's largest refugee camp and home to some 70,000 Palestinians in the southern port city of Sidon.

The 90-minute protest was organized by the Fatah faction of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Protesters trampled and tore Israeli flags and later set one aflame amid shouts of "Allahu Akbar" (God is Great), "Death to Israel," "Where are Arab rulers?" Intermittent cries of "Death to America" punctuated the march.

America is the source of this killing, destruction and racism," said Sheik Mahmoud Jishi, a moderate Islamic cleric. He called on people in Arab and Islamic countries to rise up "to defend the Palestinians ... and stand united in the face of the Zionist aggression that is supported by the American forces of terror and evil."
Col. Khaled Aref, Fatah leader in Sidon and Ein El-Hilweh, argued that the best way for Palestinians to confront the attacks was to close ranks behind Abbas. "As we face this Zionist onslaught, we say that national unity breaks this conspiracy."

Palestinian Islamic militant groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad and other smaller factions did not join the protest. Speakers said nothing about the kidnapping of the Israeli soldier by militants, but focused on Palestinians' plight as a result of the military offensive on Gaza, which Israel said it launched to force the release of the soldier."

It has also been reported by CNN that, "In the midst of the standoff over Shalit, Israel opened two routes into Gaza on Sunday to allow for humanitarian aid to flow into the Palestinian territory, an Israeli army official said.

The Karni crossing in northern Gaza and a nearby fuel terminal at Nahal Oz were opened at midday to allow for the passage of food, medicine and fuel.

Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz said the Karni crossing would be open four days so trucks could carry humanitarian supplies into Gaza."

As we stand at the precipice of a potentially explosive war between Israel and her Arab enemies, it is appropriate at this juncture in time to pray not only for the welfare of Corp. Gilad Shalit, but we must pray that the leaders of the government of Israel do not accede to the demands of Hamas. We must pray that Hashem give the leaders of the government of Israel enough strength, courage and wisdom to understand that releasing Arab terrorists will not be a deterrent to further kidnappings of Israeli soldiers and civilians. Quite to the contrary, it will only embolden the Arab enemy and strengthen him in his quest to destroy the entire nation of Israel.

We must ask Hashem to guide our leaders in a fearless path of unremitting non-compromise with the Arab enemy. We must ask G-d to give the leaders of the government of Israel the strength to resist the pressures from the UN and internal groups such as Yesh Gvul which has demanded that the Olmert government release Arab terrorists from their prisons.

We must stand together in strength, faith and above all, trust in the Almighty G-d of Israel, for the survival and preservation of the nation of Israel is at stake. Let us remember and utter the words of the sweet singer of Israel, King David who said (Psalms, chapter 18), "I will love you Hashem, my Strength. Hashem is my Rock, my Fortress and my Rescuer, my G-d, my Rock in Whom I take shelter, my Shield, and the Horn of my Salvation, my Stronghold. With praises I call unto Hashem, and from my enemies I am saved."

At 12:02 PM, Blogger the sabra said...

count me in...added my prayer...o and ill meet ya in jerusalem with moshiach...tonight..


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