This week, our eyes, thoughts, and prayers all turn toward Israel as our people suffer through yet another all-out barrage of rockets, misleading headlines, and global indifference.
This week, we gather together in synagogues around our city to read about the trials of Avraham and Sarah, about perhaps the origins of our age-old conflict that feels so raw today. We will study together about the sacrifices made and the prophecies of millennia filled with struggle, and the divine promises of a greater tomorrow just over the horizon.
The one common thread throughout it all, and throughout the difficult lives of our ancestors is that our strength has always come from our faith and reliance on G-d. He is our shield in the battlefield, our true Iron Dome of protection, and the rock upon which we all rely.
To quote yet another ancestor, "my eyes turn towards the heavens, asking from where will my help come? My help will ALWAYS come from Hashem who creates heaven and earth."
King David was right then, and Avraham and Sarah were right before him. Today, we follow in their faith-filled footsteps.