Q&A Regarding the War in Syria

Question #1: Should we be concerned that we will also be attacked?

Answer: We do not know the future.  The situation in the Middle East is very fluid and often the unexpected happens.  Nonetheless, security experts say that the chances are very low, since it is not worth it for them to open up another front and risk us crushing them.

In any event, B"H nothing will happen, but Tzahal is always ready, and now they are doubly ready.  With the kindnesses of Hashem upon us, we have a strong and excellent army.  There is nothing to worry about.


Question #2: Should one go and get a gas mask?

Answer: It is a personal decision.  We are not obligated to do so.  Tzahal will inform us if we are required.  It is an extremely low risk.  There is also a risk on being run over by a car while walking on the sidewalk. 


Question #3: Is this the War of Gog and Magog?

Answer: No.  We do not know many details about that war.  Nonetheless, we do know that it is described as a war in which all the nations of the world go to war against us, and – B"H – we are victorious.  It is therefore clear that this is not the War of Gog and Magog.  It is also not certain that there will be a War of Gog and Magog.  It might have already happened, it might not occur at all, or it may be that all of our wars for our Land since the establishment of the State are considered that war (see the book "Milchemet Gog U-Magog" of Ha-Rav Menachem Mendel Kasher).


Question #4: Is what is occurring in Syria good or bad for us?

A: It is difficult to answer this question, since we see that the situation in the Middle East is most unstable.  B"H, we are stable.


Question #5: Should we be distressed that people are being killed there?

Answer: It depends.  It appears that both righteous and evil people are being killed there.  If they are righteous, we are distressed.  Hashem is merciful to all of his creatures.  And if they are evil, we rejoice.  Hashem delivers them justice.


May it be Hashem's will that the following verse will be seen in the world: "And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks, nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" (Yeshayahu 2:4).