Rabbi Arnold Saunders remembers clearly his shock at the slogan he noticed printed on the back of a man wearing a Manchester United shirt as he was driving one day in Salford. It read: “Kill the Jews.”
The 54-year-old cleric, a Reds fan since the age of nine, has experienced more than his fair share of violent anti-Semitism.
Rabbi Saunders said: “Of course there is a heightened alert but, as Roosevelt said, we have nothing to fear but fear itself.”
I would add to Roosevelt's quote "and yirat Hashem."
Yesterday I linked to an article which quotes Rabbi Dov Lellouche, a community rabbi and principal of Rechit Hochma, a Jewish preschool in Paris.
“We must continue to trust in God that everything He does is for our good,” he said.
Yesterday I received an email of daily emunah by Rabbi David Ashear which I recommend people sign up for by sending an email to
Below is an excerpt from the email.
I was recently learning with a young man who told me that the day before, he was on his way somewhere - in the rain - and struggled with himself to turn around to recite Minhah with a minyan before continuing along his way. As he was leaving the synagogue, his phone dropped and cracked. Reflecting upon the experience, he said something beautiful: "Because I overcame this challenge and went to pray with a minyan, Hashem had compassion on me and allowed me to receive the afflictions I needed through a little crack in my phone, instead of making me suffer something much worse." This is the proper attitude we should have. Instead of saying, "Hashem, I go to pray with a minyan and this is what You do to me?" he said, "Hashem, You're so kind. Because I prayed with a minyan, you afflicted me in such a slight way for my benefit."
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