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Purim: choosing between G-d and fear

By Tuvia Brodie
3/14/2014, 4:03 PM

Israel is under pressure. Arab Muslims want to erase the Jewish State. They want to create a Muslim state in its place.

We know that’s what they want because the Muslim Mahmoud Abbas has a new logo (2013) for his Fatah Party. That logo shows the Arab Muslim ‘Palestine’ in place of Israel.

Israel worries about that logo. Such a logo proclaims a Muslim desire to conquer Israel.

The United States and the European Union don’t care about what worries Israel. They don’t care about that Fatah logo. They want Israel to surrender land to the Muslim because the Muslim demands it. 

Israel doesn’t know what to do. It understands the danger it faces from aggressive Muslims.  But it fears what the world will think if it doesn’t surrender. It fears powerful rulers. It fears non-Jewish threats.

Israel is ruled by leaders who understand fear too much. Our leaders are afraid. They do not know courage.

They do not know the G-d of Israel. They do not know that the G-d of Israel is more powerful than fear.

Have you heard Israel’s leaders speak of the G-d of Israel? Have you heard Israel’s leaders declare that the land of Israel belongs to the G-d of Israel?

You haven’t.

Have you heard our leaders talk of fear? Yes, you have.

That’s a problem because Israel is no ordinary country. Its Destiny does not depend upon men. Its Destiny depends upon G-d. Its Destiny depends on whether Israel’s leaders choose G-d or fear.

Israel is a tiny country. It needs G-d to survive. It will not survive on fear. It is surrounded by millions who hate her. Do you believe Israel can survive in this neighbourhood without G-d?

It can’t.

Israel is the chosen. What it is chosen for depends upon the path our leaders choose to follow—G-d or fear. Right now, they choose fear. Therefore, Israel becomes chosen for boycott. It is chosen for terror attack. It is chosen to be the nation which must surrender ancestral homeland to those who swear to destroy it.

Without G-d, Israel will have no peace. Without G-d, we are  alone—and surrounded.

Without G-d, we have reason to be afraid. G-dless, no one will defend us. No one stands up for those who reject G-d.

The truth is, if we choose to stand alone without G-d, we will fail. Israel’s non-believing Left understands this. They reject G-d and then tremble with fear at what will happen when current peace talks fail.

Our reputation will suffer. Our safety will suffer. Our economy will suffer.

The Left is correct. We cannot survive alone.

But what if we turn to G-d? What if we put fear aside and ask the G-d of Israel to help us? What happens then?

Read your Tanach. It’s all there. G-d has made promises to the Jewish people.  

We are His beloved.  When we embrace Him, He protects us.

When Jews turn to G-d as a unified community, the world changes. The universe itself changes. Life conspires to help us.

Read the story of Purim. Everything changes when we turn to G-d—everything.