Two Types of Tears by Michael Winner/10/11/2023 Wartime in Israel. Nothing like it. No better place to be.Right now the entire country is reeling from the devastating news. Over 1200 killed in a few days. They have found over 1500 dead terrorists WITHIN Israel. And the stories … our Hebrew is not the best, but thankfully it's good enough to understand Israeli news and interviews. You hear things that nobody outside the country hears. Extremely detailed, powerful, and disturbing.And while, thankfully, we have not seen any action ourselves, and none of my family is in direct danger, the smallness of the country forces you to be affected even within a degree of separation. We have neighbors who have sons on the frontlines as we speak. My daughter's teacher lost her brother on the first day of fighting. My wife's good friend lost her manager. My oldest son learns in a small settlement 4 km from the Lebanese border, which took a rocket hit last night (thankfully, they moved away right before). And while there have been some minor, but growing, issues here in the north, things are still safe but the air is certainly filled with worry, with food prices rising and shelves emptying out. We have nonstop air patrols, and when you hear a flight of helicopters, you know something is going on. Bunkers are now open, and people are stocking up on food and supplies, just in case, and businesses are short-staffed since so many reservists have been called up. Again, B"H, it's still quiet, but the feeling in the air … it's thick.What's more impressive is how the country has come together, all the more so, being that it was on the verge of a social civil war just a few weeks ago. The amount of chesed being done by ALL stripes of Israeli society to help soldiers and those in need is something to behold. We went to buy food and saw many people filling their carts with supplies to send to the soldiers. Tzitzis are being made en-masse for soldiers, both religious and non-religious, who are requesting them. We, ourselves, are on a list to receive a small family from any border town that needs a place to stay. Truckloads of supplies are being privately transported from one end of the country to the other by volunteer civilians. I went with my oldest daughter to donate blood only to be turned away, since there were too many people. One soldier took a video of himself saying that while it is his pleasure to serve in the reserves, he realized that there is another good reason for him to serve, as he jumped into a car full of candies, cookies, and treats that they received. He "yelled" at everybody to stop sending … they don't need to come out of a war just to start a diet!So, even if you do not have a direct role in the (physical aspect) of the war, you certainly feel that the amount of mitzvos of unity, chesed, prayer, and tzedakah that is being done, will certainly be a merit in this time of great danger.Rav Yaakov Meir Schechter teaches us that there are two types of tears in the world. One is of sadness and depression, and one is of true bitterness and of a broken heart that wishes to have a connection with Hashem. The first is to be avoided at all costs. It serves no benefit. Rather, it serves only to help the Yetzer Horah.My wife is part of an Israeli WhatsApp group, which receives videos from soldiers from the front. Several of them, both religious and non-religious, have begged people, "Don't pay attention to the news! Don't give into depression! We are strong, we are ready! Be happy with life and be happy that you're part of Am Yisroel!"The first step in any victory is to stay far away from depression. And if people who are putting their lives on the frontline, seeing and experiencing things that we don't, can do it, we certainly can as well.The second set of tears is what brings salvation."And a mist went up from the land and watered all the face of the earth" (Bereishis 2:6).The Midrash writes that when cries of bitterness and longing rise up from the earth to G-d, they initiate a great flow of Divine blessing that waters the earth and brings material and spiritual blessing.The Mishnah (Sotah 49b) writes that "in the period that precedes the arrival of Moshiach, there will be a great increase of chutzpah (arrogance)." Usually, we learn this in a bad way. Rav Uri of Strelisk, however, takes it in a positive light. In the generation before Moshiach, he explained, the Yetzer Horah will try to prevent people from serving Hashem by bringing a cloud of sadness and depression into the world. Even people who are sincerely devoted to Torah study and prayer will be overwhelmed at times by an utterly irrational sense of sadness and failure. He says, "You're not worth anything! You're empty! After years of working on yourself, what have you to show for it! Why bother continuing on this path?"He notes that such feelings never come to a person when he is going to eat or sleep. Because the Yetzer Horah is not bothered by that. Only when the person attempts to do anything spiritual will these thoughts "suddenly" occur.Right now, we have been dealt a very, very heavy blow. And we don't know what will be next. Is this limited to one front? Will a second open up? How long do we have until the world, once again, turns on us? All these things can, and will, lead to depression. However, we need to have the chutzpah to fight against these feelings. They serve no purpose but to lower our morale and our ability to fight the spiritual aspect of the war.++By crying out only tears of bitterness and desire for Am Yisroel and Hashem to be close together, will the "mist go up from the land and water the face of the earth".