Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, "I beseech you, God, please heal her."
וַיִּצְעַק משֶׁה אֶל יְ-הֹוָה לֵאמֹר אֵל נָא רְפָא נָא לָהּ
va-yitz-ak mo-she el a-do-nai lay-mor ayl na r'-fa na la
Moses uses just a few urgent words, “please heal her,” in his shortest prayer recorded in the Bible, on behalf of his beloved sister MIriam. Why did Moses offer such a succinct prayer, and not pray at length? Our Sages say that there is a time for prayer, and a time for action. With this in mind, the city of Ariel in Samaria has just opened its first emergency medical clinic, which will service all the many small communities around Ariel. No sooner did the new clinic open, when last week a Palestinian terrorist stabbed two Israelis in Ariel. Speedy emergency care often means the difference between life and death. Beforehand the nearest emergency medical care facility was a 30 minute drive away without traffic. While the citizens of Samaria are grateful, it’s time for more action to reach a greater goal of a much needed larger medical facility.