With Operation Protective Edge ongoing and IDF soldiers and the citizens of Israel facing repeated Hamas attacks, Rabbi David Stav of the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization issued a call to synagogues and Jewish organizations around the world to proudly fly the Israeli flag.
“Our hearts and minds are with the brave soldiers of the IDF who are defending Israel against an onslaught of Hamas rockets and tunnel-terror," Rabbi Stav said. "These soldiers are not only protecting the citizens of Israel, they are risking their lives in defense of the entire Jewish People. Maimonides teaches us that it is our obligation to display national solidarity and strengthen the moral of our troops on the front lines."
"At this time it is appropriate to display our support and proudly fly the flag of Israel," he added.
Rabbi Stav called for the flags to be displayed worldwide - not only in Israeli synagogues.
“Throughout our history, we have faced many challenges and our ultimate victory has been created through unity and caring for our brothers in need," he said. "Our connection should not be an expression of mere pity or charity, but rather a deep, national, family bond."
Rabbi Stav also called on Jewish communities last week to make special trips to Israel during the Operation, as a show of support for Israel as anti-Semitism spreads across the globe.
“Israel and our people are in an Et Tzara- a time of crisis,” he said. “The role of Jews all over the world must be to pray for the welfare of our soldiers and our people, but also to show your solidarity by choosing the next possible time to come and be with us.”
In a letter distributed to rabbis all over the world, Rabbi Stav said that particularly in this time of the Jewish year of the “Three Weeks” when the Jewish people commemorate historical tragedies, it is incumbent that Israel not be forsaken.
“The IDF soldiers are not only protecting the citizens of Israel, they are risking their lives in defense of the entire Jewish People. It is important that we all show our moral and spiritual support now, not just through words but through action.”
Rabbi Stav added that despite the traditional custom to avoid extensive travel during the days preceding Tisha B’av, supporting Israel in this time supersedes any such considerations.
Tzohar, which works regularly with rabbis from around the world to protect the Jewish future of Israel, announced that they have opened a special Operations Center to assist diaspora rabbis in all logistical and operational support to leading their communities to Israel.
Tzohar Executive Vice President Nachman Rosenberg said “The continued Hamas rocket attacks the expansion of the IDF campaign will cause a further decrease in tourism. This is harmful to the moral and economy of Israeli society."
"This is the time for the global Jewish family to stand strong together, resilient in our faith," he added. "For as our tradition has taught- If not now, when?”