Unappreciative, ungrateful
Unappreciative, ungrateful

I don't know exactly how to describe my feelings. I know it's anger, but more than that. I need a much stronger word to describe the bile in my stomach which threatens to erupt every time I think how ungrateful he is.

Who is he?

There is no need for me to expressly name him here. He can read between the lines and find his name clearly mentioned. So can the others who are in step with him. I do not apologize for any 'hurt feelings' this short article may elicit. The tens-of-thousands of individuals this article speaks about, seem to have their 'feelings hurt' on a constant basis. I certainly hope that anyone who recognizes himself in the lines I write here in anger and disgust, will have the gumption to reverse his unmitigated thankless attitude and step up to the plate.

Are you listening? I'm speaking to you directly.

Time and time again, when you were asked, begged, to say a “Mi Sheberach” prayer for the well-being of Israeli soldiers, you adamantly refused. Why not, we asked? You refused. Refused!

They are our children, we pleaded. You refused. They are risking their lives for you and me, we implored. To no avail.

You take a taxi to and from, board a bus or the train and walk slowly, in leisurely fashion through the streets of Jerusalem. You don't feel threatened, don't look over your shoulders in fear of what's behind you; you enter and exit a mall without a second thought. What's there for you to fear?  You know that the Israeli military is doing all that is humanely possible to ensure your safety. As far as you're concerned, the streets of Jerusalem or Natanya or Sderot are as safe as the streets of your own town, Boro Park, Brooklyn or anywhere else. So why should you fear? Yet you are unappreciative, ungrateful.

We call your type, an ingrate, a thankless human being who reaps the benefits but refuses to acknowledge the tremendous, selfless investment the soldiers make so you can feel safe anywhere in Israel. They forfeit their young years with rigorous training, leave behind their families and at times - unfortunately too many times – they sacrifice their lives so you'll live. Yet you are  unappreciative, ungrateful.

We ask very little of you. We believe, like you, that we need full time Torah learners, we believe that you have a right to your choices, accept that you disagree with the premises of Zionism, that you criticize the level of religion in the Jewish state... 

Pray to the One Above to keep them out of harm's way, to bring them back unharmed to the families and loved ones left behind.
But - pray for them, pray for their well being, beseech Hashem to watch over them and keep them safe. Pray to the One Above to keep them out of harm's way, to bring them back unharmed to the families and loved ones left behind. Lift your eyes to the Heavens and perhaps shed a sincere tear. That's not asking toomuch, is it? Yet you are unappreciative, ungrateful.

Our enemies are many; they would love nothing better than to hurt you or yours as you go about your daily tasks. They have no problem in blowing you up as you sit quietly on the bus as it makes it's way through the streets of Tel Aviv or Ashdod, or blow your family to bits as you sit and enjoy an afternoon snack on Dizengof Square.  Don't you see that we are performing the holy-duty of protecting the Holy Land? Yet you are unappreciative, ungrateful.

Every hour of every day, Israel's soldiers are on alert. Twenty-four-hours a day, they are out there preventing terrorist attacks, infiltration and road-side shooting. Now they are along the Gaza border fence. Explosive-laden trucks are stopped, terrorists are caught and road-side bombs defused.

Your night goes by quietly, the day, lazily and uneventfully. In the wee hours of the night, while you are slumbering peacefully in your warm bed at home or in a hotel, they sit in the tank, jeep or man the intelligence equipment to ensure that your slumber is not suddenly interrupted.  Yet you are unappreciative, ungrateful.

Say that prayer for the well being of Israel's soldiers.

Kol ha'mevorech, yisborach.....He who blesses others, will be blessed.