OPINION & COMMENT
From a historical perspective it seems likely that the way the world has related to Jews in the past year is a return to "normalcy" and the relatively benign view of us that has dominated public discourse in the past half-century is the aberration.
Our Inner Enemy
The yishuv is presently going through one of its most difficult periods. We need plenty of Heaven's mercy. Yishmoel's sword is still gleaming. He has not yet surrendered his age-old weapon. When an individual is in need, he pours his heart out to his Creator.
Many of our errant brethren are in the grip of hopelessness and depression these days. We seem to be caught in a blind alley that offers no prospect whatsoever of escape. With each passing day, it is becoming clearer and clearer that none of the political or security measures that have been taken have helped.
Concern for "Inyonim" and "Segulos" but Disregard for the
The article on the Chavlei Moshiach (29 Adar) reminded one of the tens of thousands of atomic weapons around the world, ranging in size from the 1 kiloton (equivalent destructive power of TNT) suitcase bomb that could destroy a city block, to the 100 megaton Russian "Tsar Bomba" that can destroy an entire country. Just one of the 600 foot long Leviathan-like U.S. Trident or Russian Typhoon class submarines is capable of destroying 50 cities in less than one hour.
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