I’m sure many of you have already seen this clip of Yaakov Shweiky and Yonatan Razel singing “V’Hi She’Amda”. I thought of this song a number of times this week.
Once on Sunday when I read the news of the terrorist attack that miraculously didn’t happen on Motzei Shabbat at the mall in Haifa.
Last night when my husband called to say he was stuck on the road leading up to our yishuv because there was a “suspicious object” and the police needed to check it out before letting him get home. My two sons were also stuck on their bus home from yeshiva. We were invited to a Bat Mitzvah on the yishuv and we were late because of it – but thank G-d it was not a bomb.
Just five minutes ago when I saw a number of IDF soldiers driving jeeps down my road – because I recalled that they are having a “practice session” with the local response team to get ready for possible terror attacks right here where I live.
The meaning of the lyrics of the song, taken from the Passover Haggadah, is that in every generation “they” rise up against us to kill us, and G-d rescues us from their hands. Sometimes G-d does it on his own, and sometimes through his messengers – this time the soldiers who are always ready to protect us.