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Morale in the IDF

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Morale in the IDF

In past generations, the numbers of one’s armies determined the outcome of war. Today, the quality of one’s forces far outweighs the significance of its numbers. This is true with regard to the technological superiority of weaponry, but, and even more so, the superiority of the soldiers themselves.
Lubavitcher Rebbe
Morale in the IDF
Disc 131, Program 524

Event Date: 19 Kislev 5734 - December 14, 1973

In past generations, the numbers of one’s armies determined the outcome of war. Today, the quality of one’s forces far outweighs the significance of its numbers. This is true with regard to the technological superiority of weaponry, but, and even more so, the superiority of the soldiers themselves.

The psychological state of the soldier is everything. IDF soldiers have been asking for deeper spiritual inspiration. The leaders have been attempting to “boost morale” by sending entertainers and comedians who confuse and distract the soldiers, while what they are searching for is true meaning and direction. The enemy must know that a Jewish soldier is ready not only with proper weapons, but with a healthy and inspired state of mind. Some people ask how tefillin or tzitzis achieve this goal. The answer: It doesn’t really matter how a medicine works, only that it actually does. Torah and mitzvos have successfully sustained and fortified the Jewish people through every imaginable situation for over three thousand years.

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