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      Michael Freund is Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org), which reaches out and assists "lost Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people. He writes a syndicated column and feature stories for the Jerusalem Post. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Israeli Prime Minister´s Office under former premier Benjamin Netanyahu. A native of New York, he holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He has lived in Israel for the past decade.
      Tevet 7, 5769, 1/3/2009

      A Call to Psalms


      Israeli ground forces have entered Gaza to deliver a blow to the terrorists of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

      Now is not the time for political infighting or ideological bickering - rather, we must rally together in support of our troops, the brave young men and women who are fighting against an implacable foe bent on our destruction.

      At times such as these, when our soldiers are in harm's way, each and everyone of us should reach for the most potent weapon in our arsenal - the power of prayer - and plead with Heaven for Divine guidance and mercy. This is a call to Psalms - one that each of us can and should answer.

      The Biblical commentators tell us that Psalm 20 was recited in Jerusalem when the Jewish people went out to war against their enemies (see the commentator Rashi's comments on verse 2).

      Please take a few minutes to say this important Psalm, while having in mind that G-d should strengthen the hands of our soldiers, grant them success in their mission and confer upon them His shield of protection.

      Psalms Chapter 20

      א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ, מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד. 1 For the Leader. A Psalm of David.
      ב  יַעַנְךָ יְהוָה, בְּיוֹם צָרָה;    יְשַׂגֶּבְךָ, שֵׁם אֱלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב. 2 The LORD answer thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob set thee up on high;
      ג  יִשְׁלַח-עֶזְרְךָ מִקֹּדֶשׁ;    וּמִצִּיּוֹן, יִסְעָדֶךָּ. 3 Send forth thy help from the sanctuary, and support thee out of Zion;
      ד  יִזְכֹּר כָּל-מִנְחֹתֶךָ;    וְעוֹלָתְךָ יְדַשְּׁנֶה סֶלָה. 4 Receive the memorial of all thy meal-offerings, and accept the fat of thy burnt-sacrifice; Selah
      ה  יִתֶּן-לְךָ כִלְבָבֶךָ;    וְכָל-עֲצָתְךָ יְמַלֵּא. 5 Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.
      ו  נְרַנְּנָה, בִּישׁוּעָתֶךָ--    וּבְשֵׁם-אֱלֹהֵינוּ נִדְגֹּל;
      יְמַלֵּא יְהוָה,    כָּל-מִשְׁאֲלוֹתֶיךָ.
      6 We will shout for joy in thy victory, and in the name of our God we will set up our standards; {N}
      the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.
      ז  עַתָּה יָדַעְתִּי--    כִּי הוֹשִׁיעַ יְהוָה, מְשִׁיחוֹ:
      יַעֲנֵהוּ, מִשְּׁמֵי קָדְשׁוֹ--    בִּגְבֻרוֹת, יֵשַׁע יְמִינוֹ.
      7 Now know I that the LORD saveth His anointed; {N}
      He will answer him from His holy heaven with the mighty acts of His saving right hand.
      ח  אֵלֶּה בָרֶכֶב,    וְאֵלֶּה בַסּוּסִים;
      וַאֲנַחְנוּ,    בְּשֵׁם-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ נַזְכִּיר.
      8 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; {N}
      but we will make mention of the name of the LORD our God.
      ט  הֵמָּה, כָּרְעוּ וְנָפָלוּ;    וַאֲנַחְנוּ קַּמְנוּ, וַנִּתְעוֹדָד. 9 They are bowed down and fallen; but we are risen, and stand upright.
      י  יְהוָה הוֹשִׁיעָה:    הַמֶּלֶךְ, יַעֲנֵנוּ בְיוֹם-קָרְאֵנוּ. 10 Save, LORD; let the King answer us in the day that we call.