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Israel Is Eternal

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Submitted by yonatan silverman (Israel), Jun 13, 2011 at 18:02

Sermon of the late Rabbi Yisrael From Tchortkov, of blessed memory.

Israel is compared to a naked tree, exposed and frozen during winter. Its leaves have blown away, arrows of frost strike into it frequently, harsh storms upset it, and threaten even to uproot it, a nearly desperate situation, and yet, even when it appears all hope of life is gone, when the shallow pool is hardly enough to provide for life, nonetheless, behind the scenes, away from the naked eye, we begin again to be nursed on the essence of life from deep in the earth, starting with tu b'shvat.

Although Israel is subjected to ceaseless humiliation and abuse, its spiritual status collapsing, entire communities, entire wings of the Jewish nation cut off, and one can derive the impression that it is even in danger of extermination. Absolutely Not! At just that moment when the picture is blackest, toward the end of night, the sparks of light catch fire.

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