In today's modern State of Israel our big physical enemy is terrorism. Not only do the Pseudostinian aka Palestinian sic leadership demand the destruction of the State of of Israel, but their followers attack to murder us. Twenty years ago, in one of the first shooting attacks, my friend and neighbor Rachella Druk was murdered. She was a young mother of seven; her eldest was in high school.
Yesterday, on a chilly overcast day, we met at the cemetery to honor her memory. The real honoring was done by her children, all married and parents, too. The Arab terrorists murdered Rachella's body, but her essense, her faith in G-d and the Jewish People and Jewish Land are strong and enduring.
Two vibrant communities were established in her memory, Shvut Rachel and Rechallim. Rachella was the first to be buried in our cemetery.
As I was walking down from my house to the cemetery I got a ride with a neighbor:
"Come in, you're going to do chessed shel emmess, right."Yes, the truth is that our time in This World is limited. We rarely have a clue as to the "expiration date." So we must get in our mitzvot as efficiently as we can.
"Right, you know what אמת emmess/emmett (truth) really means?" I asked him. "It means אמות ammute I'll die, because the truth is that we'll all die."
"Thanks for the chiddush, new idea."
Shabbat ShalomL'Illui Nishmata shel Rachella
Have a Peaceful and Blessed Sabbath