|Hadar Goldin, HaYa"D (family)|
|Hadar's twin and sister|
(from my tv screen)
I went to bed pretty late last night, and like everyone else, I barely slept hoping and praying to wake up to good news this morning. But our news just gets blacker and blacker. This is not the summer vacation people had been planning.
We are now in the period of the Jewish Calendar that has too much historic precedent as a time of bad news. It's the beginning of the Month of Av, and we are now in the week of Tisha (the 9th of) b'Av, the most mourning and restrictive of fast days. The restrictions are similar to that of Yom Kippur, but instead of inspiring prayers, we read of tragedies, איכה Aicha, Lamentations:
And we must listen.
Since June 1967 when the three Arab armies surrendered to the IDF after just six days of fighting, trying to destroy the State of Israel, our military experts have believed the myth that we are invincible. That is a very serious mistake on our part. That mistake caused the Arabs to attack just six years later on Yom Kippur, 1973.
Our victory in 1967 was a miracle. All military experts from all over the world say it outright. It wasn't because the State of Israel and the IDF were stronger and more superior than the Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian armies. Israel's battle plan at the time was just to preserve status quo and if add any land, it was just to be in Jerusalem, so we would have access to the "Wailing Wall, " the Western Wall, the Kotel, of the Hordus expanded Temple Mount. G-d interfered and helped Israel win a decisive victory. Since then we have sinned by not embracing the gifts of our Land that G-d had given us.
We have another chance to repent. We must fight this war as a war for survival and not as if we're playing a game of Touch Football for Kids. Let's start fighting like soldiers and not like cricket players!