You Need to Simply Look by Michael Winner/12/28/2023 It's really crazy how small the country is.Our immediate neighbors lost their cousin in the first day of fighting. My middle daughter's teacher lost her brother. Her friend in class just lost her brother-in-law (leaving an expecting wife). My oldest daughter has a friend whose brother made a (hopefully not final) phone call before going into southern Gaza as an infantryman. A friend's cousin is a tanker who was hit with an anti-tank missile, killing two of his crew and wounding him (he's pressing to go back in). And we know several others with kids in the thick of things. It's quite crazy. Anybody out there know anybody killed or wounded in any US war? Probably not.Unlike other countries, every loss is a life and not a number.My wife sent me a clip, around 45 seconds, that she received from a friend. It was from some Israeli podcast or radio show. I have no idea. But in it you had three people speaking. One of them looked like Chanan ben Ari, the famous Israeli singer (religious). The other two were secular. One looked … regular, and the other, the speaker, had long hair tied up in what we call a "cookoo," and what you probably call a "bun" or something like that.Obviously, this was a small clip of a larger conversation.So, Mr. "Cookoo" asked who I assume is Chanan ben Ari, "When you drove here, how many red cars did you see?" (Red cars are rare in Israel.), "I don't know," he replied. "Why don't you know?" asked Mr. "Cookooe. "… Because you weren’t paying any attention. But, if I promised you one hundred dollars for every red car you counted, you'd know exactly how many you saw, right? The same thing is with Hashem and miracles. If you don't look and search for them, you will never see them. But, if you go around searching for miracles and searching for Hashem, you will find them everywhere. Even in this darkness that we're in now…."It's one thing when some rav says something like that, but it's something else completely when you have a man dressed like he is, saying what he's saying.A similar thing was expressed by the mother of one of the hostages accidentally killed by Israeli soldiers. She said that she did not have, for one moment, any hatred for the soldiers who killed her son. Only love and respect. She said that they should not feel bad about it and continue fighting as they are, because, she said, clearly Hashem wanted it this way.When Yosef was sold into slavery, everything seemed to be over in his eyes. He was ripped from his father and sold into slavery in another country. His father, too, could not lift himself out of mourning for so many years. As he testified in this week's parsha, he did not expect to see Yosef again. His brothers, upon meeting him, clearly realized what they did was so wrong, and at the same time were in fear for their lives while standing in front of the Egyptian viceroy.Yet, we see in the end, Yosef was returned to Yaakov, the family was brought back together, and they were well supported and grew abundantly in numbers.They say Israel is in a six- out of seven-front war right now, with world opinion clearly turning against it. Antisemitism is on the rise, and according to some of society's greatest thinkers: that's okay. It's easy to get lost in things, but like Mr. "Cookoo" said: If you look for Hashem, you will find Him everywhere.We that, I leave you with a wonderful Shabbos!