This post is not only being done reluctantly, my friends. It will be very brief. No introductory good news, again. No analysis.
I am holding on to an enormous amount of material, which I will most likely draw on after Shabbat. How much there is to say about the sick and convoluted situation of the world takes my breath away.
But so does this take my breath away:
After several days of quiet, we lost five Jews in terror attacks today, the largest number in one day since the attacks began.
There were two separate attacks. The first took place in south Tel Aviv, in the Panorama office building (pictured), in a room utilized for prayer. The afternoon prayer (minha) was in progress when he entered and stabbed two people with a knife, ultimately killing them. Two others were wounded.
The terrorist was apprehended by passersby and then arrested by police. He lives in Dura, an Arab village near Hevron, but had a permit to work in Israel: he worked in a Jaffa restaurant.
Credit: Yoni Kempinski
A bit later there was an attack in Gush Etzion, near the community of Alon Shvut, where two terrorists brandishing Uzis shot from their car, killing an American and a Palestinian Arab on the spot and wounding an Israeli Jew who later died in the hospital. Each person shot was in his own car.
They then rammed their car into several others, injuring them. They were shot and wounded, and then taken into custody.
In response to these attacks, Prime Minister Netanyahu said:
“Whoever condemned the attacks in France needs to condemn the attacks in Israel. It’s the same terror. Whoever does not do this is a hypocrite and blind.”
He is correct, but, as you may have noticed, the world is overrun with blind hypocrites (some of whom I will write about in my next posting).
I wrote this because I believe I have a responsibility to inform my readers. This information is unlikely to make news outside of Israel.
I close with a link to an album by singer Theodor Bikel z”l. These are songs that are over 50 years old, classics from another time. Hopefully they will bring you pleasure and a smile. They remind us that, even as we grieve, we will be OK in the end.
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