Many years ago I took a life coaching course and we were told how important it is to listen, not only to the words but also to what isn't being said.
Today I caught an interview on the television news with someone from a small community in Israel's south. I'm not in any position to pass judgment on anyone. I know that many of the rural residents were advised to leave their homes during the war. And I certainly understand that between the disruptions of the alarms and the actual dangers of the Arab Gazan Hamas rocket attacks, it wasn't easy for anybody to stay home for the summer. But I still I was amused at how one woman explained it:
לא עזבנו. יצאנו.I don't envy their summer and the disruptions, bombings, destruction and death all around. Every couple of weeks the government would tell them that it was over, that the tunnels going under their homes were destroyed and the ceasefire would hold.
Lo azavnu; yatzanu.
We didn't abandon [our homes;] we just went out.
Even today, less than a week before the school year is supposed to begin here in Israel, it is reported that tens of thousands of Israeli children aren't living at home and don't know where they will be going to school. Nothing is very clear The local governments don't want to be held responsible for transporting kids from community to community.
People who had lived in Gush Katif during the years of frequent Arab terrorism and rocket attacks insist that very few people abandoned their homes to escape the dangers. They also remember with great bitterness the support for Disengagement from those communities now targeted by the terrorists who now use Gush Katif as a base to attack Israel. Many of those who have suffered this summer had mocked the predictions that Disengagement would just bring the terror to them.
We are now in the Jewish Month of Elul. It's time to apologize and repent...