Saturday, July 01, 2006

The Middle East is NOT the Mid-West

There is never a dull moment in the Mid East. Nope. Not for the faint hearted, my part of the world. First of all, we have HOT for most of the year. And when we don't have HOT we have HOTTER...that's when we have a 'hamsin' of those desert heat waves that turns the sky all yellow, hurts your eyes and clogs up your sinuses.

I think Jerusalem has the best weather in the entire country...well, we used to have, before all the spray net in the world poked a hole through the ozone layer someplace over Australia and global warming pushed the thermostat up a few notches. But as you round the last bend on your way up to Jerusalem, you can feel the air become cooler and more inviting.

Well, why am I talking about the weather? See, all this hot weather does not make for calm, rational people. It makes for crazies who at any moment may turn out to be you or your relatives.

When I first moved here, I used to hear people shouting in the street 'IDIOT! IDIOT!'(pronounced Idi-ohhhht).

I thought, "How rude!" and kept walking. Until one day I realized that it was the newspaper vendor trying to sell his copies of Idiot Ahronot (roughtly translated as the Latest News, the name of the top newspaper in the country).

A couple of nights ago, once again I found myself sitting in my living room with my husband and our youngest watching the news. Two young men kidnapped, one a soldier and the other a religious boy; the army in full operations in Gaza; and then there was a newsflash...

'The IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) has announced that last night our planes buzzed Asad's palace in Syria!

Not only flew over… but in case the yold was asleep in his bed and missed the entire show…we caused a few sonic booms along the way!

My first reaction was to laugh...and punch the air with my fist. Yahoooooooo.

My second reaction was...oy vey! That was my old 'ghetto' reaction that roughly translated means "What are the goyim going to think?"

For generation after generation, we Jews have walked in the shadow of what the gentile community will think. Now, I don't believe we give a damn about what others think, but we care a whole lot about what they are going to do about it. I mean waking up a sleeping bear is an interesting exercise, but you better have a quick getaway planned...just in case.

And why? Why cross over into Syrian airspace and spit in Asad's eye? To warn the head of the Hamas in Syria, who is orchestrating the entire mess we are in now, that no one will be safe from the Lion of Judah.

Two boys already dead. Yes, they just announced, the bastards executed Eliyhu Asheri, may he rest in peace, who was only eighteen!!! I don’t have the words to fathom what his parents are thinking or feeling. I simply don’t.

I never went into the army. By the time I got here I was twenty-five and too old to be drafted. I thought, thank G-d! I'm too old to pish in a hole in the ground and never mind thinking about anything else - oy.

But our kids are out there trying to find and free Gilad ben Aviva. My heart is in my mouth, as once again I am tuning in to the hourly news reports on the radio.

Before Shabbat comes in I will add my prayer that Gilad and all our boys and girls are safe and come home to sleep in their own beds.

Shabbat shalom.

Have a great day…stay safe…


At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, I found myself realizing that although we live in two very different parts of the world, we have a lot in common.

That heat that you were talking about, for instance...You have normal heat there for part of the time, and so do we here in Windsor. Then, to crank things up some over there, you have a "hamsin". Our blessing here? " Obscene"... In your lingo, that's humidity and pollution. Hurts your eyes, clogs your sinuses. So, at this point in my explanation, I'd have to say that we're even.

But here's where we pull ahead. WAY AHEAD. See, around here we also always hear people shouting, "IDIOT". Thing is, our newspaper is called The Windsor Star.

You have war planes and rockets. We have knives and guns. Carried by dope users and pushers. O.K., you've just won that round by a nose because our violence is found in pockets and yours surrounds and engulfs you. Come to think of it, change that, " By a nose". You definitely win this round.

But here's where we have things in common again.... Even though we didn't know him personally, we mourn the death of that lovely, innocent Eliyahu Asheri. And, we all, that's, we all THERE AND HERE, pray for the safe return of Gilad Ben Aviva to his family, and for sanity and shalom to return to that part of our world.

The Guv

At 6:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just so you know, when you were punching the air with your fist and saying "yahooooo", there were a whole bunch of Gentiles doing it right along with you! You have our if you needed it. May G-d comfort Eliyhu's grieving parents, friends and all of Israel for the loss of one of their own, and protect Gilad and return him unharmed to those who love him. Our prayers are with him, the IDF and all of Israel.

Shabbat Shalom,


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