Some bloggers thrive on war news. They excel at live blogging, or explaining Israel’s point of view to the world at large. Neither approach works for me, as I avoid political discussions and have no inside information. And since my town is not directly affected, I find it difficult to write about the home-front situation. But here is my contribution.
I found out about the operation Shabbat afternoon, from a neighbor whose son is an officer. He was in training exercises all day Friday, and was ordered to appear at the airport on Shabbat at 3PM. The family had to make arrangements for someone else to pick up the car after Shabbat. During lunch he took calls from his soldiers, who apologized profusely for calling on Shabbat. When his mother asked whether he’d be coming home this weekend, he said it wasn’t likely.
I’ve spoken to a couple of friends who are in the range of the rockets, including one who has been experiencing kassam rockets from Gaza over the years. Now, she hears our attacks in Gaza. She is relieved that action is being taken, but there is an additional emotional toll. “Hannah,” she said, “You have no idea what one of those explosions sounds like. Even when you know it’s your side, your heart just flips over.”
My son in yeshiva is also in rocket range, and has had to go into a shelter a couple of times. He’s pretty blase about the whole thing so I guess I will be too, at least on his behalf.
If you’d like to help, Treppenwitz provided a list of worthy medical organizations. In addition, I’ve been getting updates about the action in the south from Connections Israel. Here is one of the recent emails:
Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s response to almost eight years of unending rocket attacks in Sderot and its surrounding environs, is in full gear. We must remember what effect this situation has on residents of the south.
Chanukah vacation, which was spent predominantly indoors, has now moved into bomb shelters for the foreseeable future; shopping malls are forbidden to open; schools are closed indefinitely.
The sounding of the Code Red alert now screams through additional communities on a constant basis, followed by loud booms, smoke and fire.
Children and adults, who have tolerated this situation for so long are at their wits end. Being cooped up in small spaces drains everyone of their coping abilities and adds new levels of stress.
If your relative or friend were living under these circumstances, you certainly would spare no expense to get them some relief. Kol Yisrael Achim – we are all brothers. Help us give our brothers some respite from their living conditions.
Operation Take-a-Break is underway. We are sponsoring full day respite trips for the residents of the south. Bus loads of individuals will be given a “day off” to engage in relaxing, fun and age appropriate activities out of the line of fire. Each bus costs $500. In other words, for just $10 you can make a real difference in the life of an individual. Better yet, sponsor an entire bus and spare a community!
To donate visit Connections Israel, and subscribe to updates here.