23,320: The Number that Should Change Your LIfe
Numbers that ring a bell, a bell that tolls. For Tzaddikim.
Published: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 , Arutz Sheva
Does the number 23,320 mean anything to you?
How about 4,958 or 553 or 116 or 52?
Do these numbers even ring a bell? They should… they definitely should. These numbers should send shivers down your spine because they are all connected to holy IDF soldiers who were killed in battle while fighting to defend the Land that G-d gave to Abraham and that was then inherited by… YOU!
23,320 is the total number of G-d’s messengers killed while protecting the Jewish nation.
553 is the number of soldiers who tragically have no burial place in this world.
4,958 is the number of IDF widows who cry themselves to sleep each night, all alone.
52 are how many military cemeteries there are in the small State of Israel.
And finally, 116 is the number of soldiers killed in battle since last year’s Yom Ha’Zikaron (Israel Memorial Day) – an average of one every three days.
These are real numbers that stand for real people. When asked what they gave their life for, many people would answer – as I wrote above – “to defend the Land” when, in reality, it is much more than that. Yes, the Land of Israel is important and we defend it with every ounce of strength we have. Jewish law permits us to violate Shabbat to defend the land and although we choose to live, we are ready and willing to give our lives in its defense.
However, when you sit down and think about it, we are defending much more than rocks and mountains. Our holy IDF soldiers are defending our status as a nation (Am Yisrael) and are bringing honor to our Father in heaven. To a Jew, nothing is more important than this and every IDF soldier is a walking, talking and breathing “Tzaddik” (righteous person) who is sanctifying G-d’s Name each and every day.