Let's table the discussion" is a new Adath Israel Shul initiative where a story or thought is presented in order to stimulate exciting and constructive discussion around our Shabbos table or among friends and children. (Dedicated to the Refuah Sheleima of Shalva Adina Bas Sarah Chana).
Some years ago a former American astronaut took over as head of a major airline, determined to make the airline's service the best in the industry. One day, as the new president walked through a particular department, he saw an employee resting his feet on a desk while the telephone on the desk rang incessantly.
"Aren't you going to answer that phone?" the boss demanded.
"This isn't my department," answered the employee nonchalantly, apparently not recognizing his new boss. " I work in maintenance."
"Not anymore you don't!" snapped the president.
Rav Moshe Tzvi Neriah Ztl. quotes the author of the Tiferes Yisrael who was bothered by Moshe’s anger toward the request of Bnei Gad and Reuven not to join their brothers on the other side of the Jordan River. “Will your brothers go to war and you stay here? “ declared Moshe. In essence, Moshe worried what would happen to the nation whose particular tribes only look to themselves, and once guaranteeing their personal safety, turn away from the danger of their brethren. Successful unity requires the people to unite together and help one another no matter what the outside threat presents.
Similarly, Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita explains why the tribes needed to wait not only until the land was conquered but also until it was divided. Until the final point of division of the land, each member of the Jewish people could not return home. A Jew can never be comfortable “at home” so long as his fellow Jew or the nation as a whole is in need.
Israel has been under attack and our brothers and sisters spend days and nights in bomb shelters. Our Chayalim are now encountering our enemies not only from air and sea but on foot and vehicle as well. It begs the question…
What can YOU do to feel and show solidarity with Jews in Israel?
Let’s “table” the discussion – by discussing it with our children, spouses, families and guests and open an exciting discussion into our homes and community.