Saturday, July 15, 2006

Just Before Shabbat

As we hunker in for another night it is good to know we are not alone. All your emails and prayers are oh so welcome.

Jerusalem is quiet still...the north is desperately scary. As I write, I am listening to Galei Zahal, the army radio station. Up north our brave citizens are either staying in their homes or are back in the fallout shelters, depending on what the army has told them to do. There is no need yet for the 'sealed room' we had to prepare during the Gulf War.

I cannot fathom what it must be like for the families in their shelters. God bless them and keep them safe. Soldiers young and old.

My friend's grandson is here with a group. He phoned me this afternoon and asked me to please contact his bubbie in Canada and tell her he was safe. I had him on one phone and the bubbie on the other. His group of about 600 kids was up north and they were evacuated just before the first katyushas hit. Tonight they are spending Shabbat in Beersheva in the Negev.

I was thrilled to be able to connect between the two of them.
'I love you, Bubbie. Don't worry, we're fine.'
'I love you honey, have a great time. Take care of yourself.'

Evil walks the planet. Everyone knows. Israel is doing something about it. As I go to light candles in a few minutes I will pray for our people...for our soldiers...for our wounded...for our kidnapped three...and for our Prime Minister.

I will pray that he stands firm. That he doesn't back off before the job is done. And that the leaders of the rest of the world will finally leave us alone long enough to do what has to be done.

No one is safe. Everyone knows. It is time to say dayenu...enough.

Shabbat shalom.

Have a good day...stay safe...and thanks for dropping in.


At 12:11 AM, Anonymous the guv said...

Hillel once said:

"In a place where no one behaves like a human being, you must strive to be human."

Personally, I think Hillel would be simply delighted to know you, and most of your countrymen/women.

Shabbat Shalom V' Ahm Yisroel Chai.

The Guv

At 5:28 PM, Anonymous annie said...

I got up when I could sleep in this sunny Saturday Colorado morning in our peaceful valley in the Rockies with no sound but birds singing. How can you sleep in when people/family are in I sat here wondering what the heck do you say to this stupidity, people wanting to kill their fellow man...women and children included. An old song came to mind so I'm changing it a bit because as silly as it sounds, it's how I feel and what I've got. I'm not a diplomat who could try to help that way, when you wonder if anyone can talk sense and be listened to "over there". "Let love be your umbrella on a rainy rainy day." That's what I've got for you all from "over here"...Love you all very much, Annie

At 5:30 PM, Anonymous gayle said...

Hi Marallyn:

Our prayers are with you. May you all be safe. What a life! But what choice do we have. We all have to keep fighting to preserve what's righfully ours. Here, there, everywhere.

Lots of love to all of you on this Shabbat.


At 5:31 PM, Anonymous karen said...

Just want you to know that we are thinking of you during this latest set of troubles. Jeez, giving up Gaza wasn't enough? What a shame you can't trust the promises made by Israel's neighbours. Their words ain't worth a damn. At least Israel has the support of the U.S. and even Canada. Prime Minister Harper made that very clear today. Very proud of him!
Take very good care and let's hope all this mess will be over soon.

Love, Karen

At 5:52 PM, Anonymous betty and larry said...

I love your sense of humor in the middle of all that's going on there Marallyn!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STAY SAFE!!!!

We're praying like mad here!!!! All Our Love!-----Betty&Larry

At 12:36 PM, Anonymous John said...

I love the North. Especially, the Banyas.

And, I will never forget the Shabbat morning where I sat looking out over the beautiful countryside full of trees, gently waving grass, chirping birds. Eating your cornflakes in such a setting was so incredible.

However, all of that was made surreal by the sound of Israeli artillary firing on Hizbullah targets in Southern Lebabon.

I'll never forget that. Ever.

At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Chavah said...

You are the most creative, funniest, warmest, bravest woman I have ever known! When HaShem created you, he knew the world would need such a one as you in this day and hour and gifted us with you. You are a blessing to all who know you and love you.

With all that has been going on the past few weeks, I totally spaced the fact that you had a birthday on the 11th!!! So my dear and wonderful friend, Ms. Marallyn, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY
greeting from half-way around the world. I send you love and prayers for comfort and safety.

Your Friend,


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