Chazak! Chazak! Venitchazeik!

(Be strong! Be strong! And may we be strengthened!)

These are the words that will be spoken at the end of this week’s Torah reading on Shabbat all across the world. If you think it’s because of the war, you’re wrong. It’s because we are concluding the book of B’midbar (Numbers) in the yearly Torah cycle, and will begin Devarim (Deuteronomy) next week. This is the traditional response to the conclusion of each book of the Torah. However, it is fitting for the present situation of the body of Messiah in several regards:

Chazak! Be strong in the face of those who do not understand our calling and our beliefs. We must continue to pray that our Father would open their eyes “that they may behold wonderful things in Your Torah.”

Chazak! Be strong in the face of those who persecute us and our Jewish brothers from inside and outside of religions that proclaim Messiah. Stand up for Hashem, His people and His Land. Don’t allow wicked deeds or Lashon Hara to prevail.

Chazak! Be strong in the face of distractions that would take us away from the study of Torah and the performance of mitzvot (including sharing the message of Messiah with those around us).

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