Monday, December 29, 2008

Chanukah War #2

Jameel is still posting (follow the post below's link for more information) and as always, he is more accurate than the papers.

What about me? Well, I'm here in Yerushalayim, which doesn't seem much changed. Yet I know, there is a war going on out there, and 6,500 of our boys- our Jewish soldiers- are out there by the border. I walk into a taxi, and he says hello to me- and asks if I have heard any news about Gaza. Friends of mine from Har Nof say that some reservists and Hesder Yeshiva boys were also called up, ready to defend this country from further missile attacks.

And I? How can I even attempt to know or truly feel what is going on? I'm a newcomer to this land, to this strong and determined people. I have some relatives in the army, and I hope they are alright. But I have not faced tragedy. I have not donned a gas mask, or hid in my sealed room. How can I even say that I sympathize (let alone empathize)?

I just pray. Pray that our boys will be safe, pray that our people will survive, passing the indomitable test of time.
And I know that we will survive- for Hashem- Shomer Yisroel, the protector of Israel, is watching out for us.


tembow said...

nice post.
i totally feel the same way (though i am not in israel now, yet). i can't imagine what everyone is going thru now there. my sis is in sem and she's like to me: 'you dont chap what's going on here, really!' and the truth is, i don't. i don't really understand what's going on. and i don't know what i CAN do except pray.

A Khudori Soleh said...

salam from khudori

nmf #7 said...

Tembow- thanks.
Even the girls in Sem don't really get it, unfortunately (or fortunately- depending on how you look at it.) I mean- I went to Kever Rochel, and only learned later there was a stone throwing there. I didn't notice a thing.
Let's hope our tefillos are answered.

AidelKnaidel said...

I feel the tension and Im afraid. I know that all we can do is daven, but I really feel it here. This world is so scary.

nmf #7 said...

AK- thanks for the comment.
You echo a lot of my feelings- like the palpable tension here.
And the news from today- rockets hitting Ofakim, Yavneh- targets once thought to be too far....