Saturday, May 30, 2009

Winners and Losers: The importance of morale

by Rabbi Lazer Brody

One must never underestimate the power of morale, especially in a spiritual war like the kind we're fighting today, on the verge of redemption.

Let me take you back to Britain of 1940. Hitler's Luftwaffe was pounding the UK; all of London was in bomb shelters. On September 7th, 1940, a massive 330 tons of bombs were dropped on London. The bombing continued for 57 consecutive nights.

Britain was sorely licking its wounds. Yet, Winston Churchill addressed the nation and said, "We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

A year later, Churchill said, "Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." The British, strengthened by the words of their leader, held a stiff upper lip and became winners.

How I wish an Israeli leader would tell the world, "We shall never surrender...we shall never give up one tiny letter of the Torah's commandments and principles!"

The more we stand on our convictions to G-d and his Torah, the more we shall defeat the forces of epikursis in the world that are out to destroy us in a spiritual war to the death. By strengthening ourselves daily in the service of Hashem, we are winners. Losers are the ones who sacrifice their principles under pressure. We shall fight for the principles of Torah whatever the cost may be. With Hashem on our side, our morale is forever high. Faith will win - soon.