The barbaric terror attack on our brothers and sisters in Israel on what was supposed to be the most joyous day on the Jewish calendar, is nothing short of heart-wrenching. We all know people in Israel and some of us even know people that have been murdered or kidnapped.

Every Jew’s heart is in Israel today, as an attack on one Jew is an attack on every single Jewish person around the world. It doesn’t matter where you stand politically or even religiously, we are one family and we cannot remain silent as our brothers and sisters are suffering.

In this critical time, we all ask:

What can I do for Israel? How can I help my brothers and sisters in the Holy Land?

There is much we can do, no matter how distant we are geographically.

Remember, we are all connected!

The Jewish people is often compared to a single body; when one part becomes healthier, the entire body benefits. By performing a Mitzvah, we uplift our brethren in Israel.

The Torah teaches us (and history has repeatedly demonstrated to us) that the physical protection of each one of us — and, indeed, our very collective destiny! — is intrinsically connected to our spiritual activism.

When we pray or dedicate a good deed to our brothers and sisters in Israel, we create a spiritual defense shield for them that will help them through difficult and dangerous times.

In that vein, we’ve gathered some of the directives that the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson of righteous memory, shared with the Jewish people worldwide during similar events; positive action we can each take for Israel and its people.

I urge you to adopt a regular Mitzvah in honor of the Israeli people. For men, if you haven't yet, perhaps start donning Tefillin regularly—even if it's just weekly. For women, consider lighting the Shabbat and holiday candles. For all, maybe dedicate 10 minutes daily for Torah study or put a coin in the Tzedakah box every day, except on Shabbat and holidays. See more examples below.

If you are not sure which Mitzvah to choose, please reach out via email or phone at 207-650-1783, and I will be happy to help.

Add your Mitzvah to show your support:

There are ways to help physically as well. Here are some organizations you can donate directly to to help our dear brothers and sisters in Israel:

United Hatzalah is one of the major organizations in Israel that is helping on the medical side for both soldiers and civilians who have been wounded. They are using up a lot more resources than they usually need to and need money in order to replenish medical equipment that is being used up daily:

Supplies for the IDF as all reserves are called up:

Colel Chabad is part of Israel's emergency response team. They are your ambassador on the front line. They deliver tens of thousands of cooked meals to frightened families in shelters. From the first hours, all the wheels were moving, turning out meals as fast as possible. They are also working with Hazinor on hygiene packages for both military and civilians. To contribute:


Rabbi Wilansky

1. Take Up a "Call to Arms"
> What it is: Before the outbreak of the 1967 war, the Rebbe prompted a literal "call to arms" to encourage Jewish males don the holy heart-and-mind connectors known as tefillin, whose spiritual potency is foretold in the Talmud to help instill fear and deterrence in the enemy
> What to do: Help every Jewish man and boy over the age of 13 to put on tefillin today, and every weekday.
> Links: Want to learn how to put on tefillinCheck out this tutorial. Don't have tefillin or seek the personal touch? Contact your local Chabad rabbi or visit a trusted Judaica source. (There are a couple to choose from here, too.) Watch the Rebbe explain the power of tefillin.
2. Share the Power of Light
> What it is: While this is a once-a-week mitzvah, its power lasts for an entire seven days. Lighting Shabbat and holiday candles ushers light and peace into the home and the world.
> What to do: Encourage every Jewish woman and girl to light Shabbat candles every Friday before the onset of Shabbat and on the eve of Jewish holidays.
> Links: Learn how to light Shabbat candles, find out what time the candles should be lit, read stories and discover the power of bringing more light into the world. Watch the Rebbe discuss the redemptive power of Shabbat candles.
3. Check Your (Spiritual) Security System
> What it is: Called the guardian of the Jewish home and the guardian of the Jewish people throughout the ages, the mezuzah is a parchment scroll containing sacred portions of the Torah that is hung on the right side of the doorpost to a Jewish home. They are also affixed on most doorposts within the home.
> What to do: Do you have mezuzahs on and in your home? This is a good time have them checked to make sure they are still in tiptop shape. (It is best to do so annually, and at least twice every seven years.) If you don’t have mezuzahs, or are missing on some doors, now is the time to get up to snuff.
> Links: Learn all about mezuzahs and how to affix them, and how and why to check them. Watch the Rebbe discuss the protective power of mezuzah.
4. Pray
> What it is: The power of prayer-our ability to reach the gates of heaven and plead with the Almighty to make things better.
> What to do: Dedicate a daily prayer for our brethren in Israel. Psalms are especially appropriate for times like this. But feel free to go off-script and speak to G d directly in your own words, too. While praying, keep in mind those who were injured in the attacks, in addition to all of Israel. The prayer of children is considered to be particularly potent.
> Links:Psalms. (Chapter 20 has a special significance at times such as these.) Watch the Rebbe discuss the potency of children's prayer in a time like this.
5. Be Financially Supportive
> What it is: Give charity! The protective strength of charity is considered to be particularly strong. Consider in part also an Israel-based charity.
> What to do:  Chabad's Terror Victims Project and Colel Chabad are two of the many worthy organizations doing this holy work. Watch the Rebbe discuss the special protective power of charity for Israel.
6. Nurture Your Faith
> What it is: What kept us going for thousands of years. Amid all crises, the faith and knowledge that G‑d is with us and protects us.
> What you can do: Reach into yourself to find it. Learn about it. And speak to your family and friends about it. Gather them around your dining room table at home or the water cooler at work and speak about our faith in G‑d and His bond with every one of us. Engender confident trust that He will guard us, and especially in His holy land.
Reach out to friends and family in Israel, or even to strangers on Facebook. Tell them that you are one with them, about the mitzvahs you’re doing in their honor, and that you are sure that they will prevail.
> Links: Watch the Rebbe explain the strategic importance of faith.
7. Get a Letter
> What it is: The Torah is the common denominator that unites all Jewish people. Special Torah scrolls are being written in Israel, in which every single Jewish person may purchase a letter to become part of the Torah and unite together. Besides for fulfilling (at least in part) the Biblical commandment to write a Torah scroll, having a letter in these scrolls connects you and Jewish people all over the globe, in Israel and the diaspora, into one Torah-created unified entity.
> What you can do: Purchase letters for yourself and your family members, and encourage others to do the same.
> Links: Fill out this form to purchase letters (for a symbolic $1) in the special Torah for all Jewish children under bar- or bat-mitzvah age. To be united with Jews of all ages in the Torah, purchase letters here. Watch the Rebbe discuss the unifying power of purchasing a letter in the Torah.