Wednesday, July 10, 2024

We Won't Run Away

 Yesterday evening I received a cryptic message from my youngest son who lives in the Golan. We’re okay. It had been a while since I’d checked the news, but I didn’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand things were not good in the north. Not wasting my time looking at the internet I called my son.

“Lots of rockets?” I asked.
“There’s always rockets,” he answered. “This time two people were killed. “
He had no more information for me, assured me he and his family were okay, and we told each other, “I love you”.
He’s come home from Gaza to have rockets on his doorstep. A while back we suggested that maybe he should bring his family to a “safer” location. His answer: My parents taught me not to run away.
He’s right. We have only one tiny country and if we start abandoning parts of it what will be left. Besides, who’s to say where will be safer tomorrow.
After talking to him I did check the news. Forty rockets had been fired at northern Israel and two killed. Today it was announced the murdered were Noa and Nir Barnes, pictured here, from Kibbutz Ortal. They leave behind three children. May their family and loved ones be comforted among the mourners of Zion.

Friday, June 14, 2024

Katzrin

 “You’re so brave”. That’s the reaction I got over and over when I told people I’d gone to Katzrin for the holiday of Shavuot. Why did they think I was so courageous? Because Katzrin is in the Golan, not far from Israel’s northern borders with both Syria and Lebanon and they’ve been under attack. Ten days earlier a rocket landed near my children’s home igniting a fire and forcing them to flee until the blaze was under control and the smoke settled down. Thankfully, there was no extensive damage, except to the wildlife. When we arrived Tuesday, we could still smell the residue.

There were no attacks while we were in Katzrin, but there were yesterday. My son and his family spent about two hours in the bomb shelter. Two people were injured. Today there is still smoke in the air.
The obvious questions are why we visited Katzrin and what makes our children stay there. To me, the answers are just as obvious as the questions. We visited Katzrin because our son, who fought for months defending the Jewish people, invited us. They stay there because that is their home. Besides, where would they run to?
In America whole neighborhoods have been abandoned, deemed unsafe, and the residents move to greener pastures. Israel is a very small country. One can transverse its width by foot in less than 36 hours. Where is it safe to run?
The whole country is on the front lines and we’re all soldiers whether in uniform or not. We fight with guns, we fight with prayers, we fight following the ways of the Torah. The Almighty has kept us alive for thousands of years. He will not stop now. Am Yisrael Chai!

Sunday, June 9, 2024

A Miracle

 For 246 days I’ve been praying for the safe release of Noa Bat Sara and all the other captives. Yesterday my prayers were partially answered when the IDF miraculously rescued her and three other hostages. Tragically, Arnon Zamora, the Yamam commander, was killed in the mission. May his loved ones be comforted, and the Almighty avenge his heroic death.

There are those who have said none of the hostages are still alive. Thankfully, they were proven wrong. Yesterday’s rescue gives us hope for Avinatan Ben Ditza Tirza and all the others. Keep praying. Please!

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

No Apologies

 Fifty-seven years ago, a coalition of Arab states attacked Israel hoping to annihilate us. They did not. Instead, we doubled our size and regained control of many of our holy sites. Last night there were special prayers marking the occasion across the country. This morning hundreds prayed at the Kotel thanking the Almighty for the miracle of being there. In the afternoon celebrations will continue with the annual Flag March. We did not start the Six Day War and we will not apologize for winning it.

Eight months ago, Hamas, with the backing of Iran and various other Arab states, brutally attacked us. We are still embroiled in a war that, again, we did not start, but which we will see to the finish. And once it is over we will not apologize for winning.



Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Please HaShem!

 

My youngest son called me this afternoon. He’s out of Gaza and in another week or so should be out of uniform. Until the next time which, sadly, will probably be sooner than later. It took a while for his news to sink in. Once it did, I shed tears of happiness. It didn’t take long, though, for those tears to turn bitter as I thought of all the mothers whose children will never be coming home and those who are waiting and waiting for theirs. After some maudlin moments I directed my tears to prayer. May the Almighty let us help Him to destroy evil completely and bring true peace. Please HaShem NOW!

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Day 239 of War

Day 239 of War

Yesterday after Torah reading my oldest son was called out of the synagogue. Why? Several months ago, he completed his firefighter course and, sadly, there was a grass fire on the edge of Shilo. It seemed more or less under control until the wind changed. Then things became quite serious and nearby mobile homes had to be evacuated.

It was quite frightening to see the powerful red flames. A week earlier we’d seen dozens of Lag B’Omer bonfires, also with red flames, but those were built with love and supervised. These were set ablaze with hate.

As things became more dangerous firefighting planes joined the battle. Just like with my sons in the army I was unbelievably proud of my eldest, but how I wished he didn't have be there fighting. After about four hours he was finally able to go home.

That fire was one of the five lit over Shabbat in Yehudah and Shomron. Yes, they were arson. Yes, they were acts of war.

This afternoon, a rocket, I assume from Hezbollah, landed near my daughter-in-law’s home in the Golan. She fled with my three young grandchildren without taking any changes of clothing or precious belongings with them. Thankfully, the fire is under control but due to extensive smoke they still cannot yet return home. Another act of terror.

We can make all the deals in the world but until the evil of Hamas, Hezbollah, and the other terrorist entities are totally eradicated there will be no end to war. Israel has made ceasefires over and over. All they do is give the enemy more time to plan their next attack. Now we need to learn from history and totally defeat the evil that constantly attacks us.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Germany

 

Last week I left Israel for fifty-eight hours. Accompanied by my husband, we went on a journey to see my father’s childhood home in Jesberg, Germany. There were many emotions surrounding this trip but, in the end, I was thankful I had done it.



Before leaving Frankfurt for Jesberg, we prayed at the above synagogue. Not pictured is the security hut with the word police written in German across it. What can be seen are the barriers making it impossible for any vehicle to get close to the building. Those, along with the “Bring Them Home” banner, reminded us that anti-Semitism is alive and well all over the world.

Inside the synagogue there were about thirty worshippers. Not bad for a weekday minyan, especially remembering how Frankfurt treated its Jews nine decades earlier.

They wanted to destroy us. We’re still here. And we’ll continue to survive and flourish despite Hamas, ICJ, Ireland, Spain, Norway, and all the others consumed with irrational hate.

Am Yisroel Chai! The Jewish People Live!