Friday, July 14, 2006

Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem

As you can well imagine we are all glued to the television and radio. I have discovered how to ‘see’ the news and ‘hear’ it online. For those of you would like to learn how, just ask. What a world, eh?

Speaking of world, it’s amazing how one morning you wake up one person and in a few hours you turn into somebody else.

Just the other day I was Marallyn in Jerusalem. Today I am Marallyn at War. Nu, so no one is using the three letter word…but what would you call it?

Here is what happened yesterday. The girl in my office called her parents in Safed. They were really shaken up as a katyusha had just landed and flung open all their doors and blown out all their windows. Thank God no one was injured.

My friend Bunni tried calling her daughter who lives on kibbutz Moran next to Carmiel and listened as the rockets landed all around her kid.

Both women begged their families to come to the center of the country. So far we here in Jerusalem are rocketless, but from what I hear the bastards can reach us too.

Both women’s offers were turned down. The family in Safed are very religious and grandparents and are not going to be frightened off by ‘those madmen’.

The kids on kibbutz are far from religious, young with young children and are not going to be frightened off by ‘those madmen’. The kibbutzniks used a more interesting expletive than madmen.

I told my almost 83 year old mother to stop watching her feet as she walked along to get her groceries or off to lunch in the various restaurants she loves to frequent. I told her she better start looking up in the sky. And warned her that its’ not a bird, it’s not a plane, it’s not superman…and if she sees it or hears it to run for cover.

Now is that something you should never have to tell a great-grandmother.

My mom isn’t leaving either. And she used an expletive even jucier than the kibbutzniks…in Russian! Nobody messes with Bubbie Chanah.

Our hearts and our prayers go out to our soldiers and their families…
to our three missing boys, Gilad ben Aviva, Ehud Goldwasser, 31, resident of Nahariya, Eldad Regev, 26, resident of Kiryat Motzkin…
and to the brave souls who are guarding our borders by braving the skies and remaining in their homes.

The bastards will NEVER win.

Shabbat Shalom.

Have a great day…stay safe…and thanks for dropping in.

4 Comments:

At 1:46 PM, Anonymous katherine said...

We love you Marallyn! We have become so filled with fear and worry about the current events in Israel and please know you are all in our hearts and our prayers. Stay safe and well,
love, Katherine

 
At 1:47 PM, Anonymous sue said...

Marallyn,
This message is "right on" - I only hope it gets to the "right" people...thanks for expressing accurate outrage from we, who have no public platform!! shabbat shalom
Sue

 
At 1:49 PM, Anonymous the guv said...

Anti-terrorist measures, for you and yours, my Precious:

Use lots of garlic in your Shabbat cooking !!! Even put it in your desserts.

Wear a garlands of it around your neck and give similar necklaces to those you love. As a matter of fact, that's not quite good enough. At the centre of each of those necklaces, creatively place a cross, a stake, and a red bauble.

Paint your doorposts blue and buy dozens of black cats ( all of them wearing hand-shaped bells ) to guard your homes.

Or, should you deem all of the above-mentioned slightly over the top, use your greatest anti-terrorist method of all. KEEP PRAYING LIKE CRAZY.

 
At 6:13 PM, Anonymous donna said...

This seems so meaningless for all that is going on in the world and, most of all, at your doorstep.
In our small little world we need humour and housework to keep living for our precious babies and those dear to us. We may continue with those mundane directions that we are offered in a world of peace, now shrunken to our world of imagination. However, reality looms ugly in this big world of today that continues to stretch into the universe. There is no longer safe haven, not even in the 'FREE' countries of this planet.
If it helps to live for a moment in this small square and enjoy silly thoughts, it may be safe haven.--- but for the moat of sobs and tears that surrounds us should we dare step out of our imagination.
Praying and crying in the real world of today, I continue to hope you and the rest of my family there stay safe.
Love you, always.
Donna

 

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