I type this letter from the holy city of Yerushalayim.
Friday night, about 15 minutes after lighting candles, my husband and I were leaving our building located in one of the biggest American neighborhoods when we heard it. The dreadful siren.
There on the stairwell we stood, as dozens of people, including children, came running into our building. There was screaming, chaos, and, worst of all, the shock that came with the unexpected siren.
Here we live our daily lives, going about routine so regularly, obviously aware of the terrible fighting going on in our country, but thinking that it is so far from us. And than, lo and behold, we found ourselves scrambling for shelter. Bechasdei Hashem, no one was hurt and the rocket unbelievably fell in Arab territory. But it was a real wake-up call for us.
Peace-seekers who look to negotiate with the unreasonable Hamas terrorists were suddenly hit hard in the face of reality. War mode has made its way over, creeping into the alleyways of our communities. We’ve had 150 rockets aimed at our nation just today alone and 758 since the beginning of the Operation Pillar of Defense.
Children know of a life of war, rockets, sirens and shelters. They are trained in school as part of their education to find shelter within 15 seconds. Innocent children who should know only joy and bliss know of terror and death. Children who should be playing outside, climbing trees, riding bikes, splashing in puddles, catching frogs and making carnivals instead find themselves in the underground miklat seeking shelter form the rain of rockets overhead. What a life!
And along with all the havoc that is being wreaked upon our once peaceful country, we see nissim geluyim. Like in the days of the Yevanim, we see the Yad Hashem protecting us each and every moment. The head Hamas terrorist has been successfully slaughtered, the siren that sounded in Yerushalayim was the result of a rocket that landed in Arab territory, and the Iron Dome has stopped many missiles from falling. All this and many more nissim are a result of our tefillos.
Unfortunately, we have seen the deaths of innocent Yidden. Let us beseech the Heavens. Beg Hashem to stop the violent ways of the Yishmo’elim, yemach shemam.
I implore all our brothers and sisters who haven’t yet made it part of their day to say a few perakim of Tehillim for those of us in Eretz Yisroel - civilians, soldiers, those who were wounded nebach… Most of you in America know someone here in Eretz Yisroel. Let’s wake up now and do something, quickly, before it is someone you know, r”l. It’s really scary! But we have Hashem and a Torah and Tehillim that can save us. And just like the Yevanim who are no more, He will put an end to Yishmoel with the arrival of Moshiach so soon.
May the geulah come quickly and be the ultimate end to all wars.
Your sister abroad,