Thursday, October 18, 2012

Peripheral Vision

This coin was found at the archaeological dig at Gamla in the Golan Heights,  often called the Massada of the north. The coin says "For the redemption of Jerusalem the (H)oly". It is from the Great Revolt against the Romans in the first century CE. The coin is one of six found at Gamla and it is said that they were cast there in Gamla as well. Its message is not lost on us. Even though these Jews were carrying on their battle in far away Gamla the aim of the revolt and the purpose of the battle was not merely survival but 'the redemption of Jerusalem'. Jerusalem's survival requires Jewish settlement in the rest of Land of Israel.

I won't be giving away any secret if I tell you that Jerusalem is my favorite place in the world. I spent some very happy years here. David and I were married overlooking the Old City. It is with great joy and an enormous sense of gratitude to God that we make our home here once again. I am certain that those of us who live here and all of us who bear witness to the miracle of the State of Israel with the united city of Jerusalem as its capital are aware of the magnitude of that privilege.

Since arriving in Jerusalem I have been having a wonderful time discovering what's changed and rediscovering the familiar in the city I used to call home. There are so many possibilities for learning and cultural events and so many new things to see and do. I don't think I'll ever be bored again. And of course if your want a centrally located place to get together with friends from all over the country Jerusalem would be a great choice. That happened last week. A Facebook group of ladies who coffee klatch virtually, which my good friend Batya Medad -- who has been my friend since before the Internet was even a gleam in Al Gore's eye -- added me to it. We got together for what we call F2F (Face to Face) right here in Jerusalem. It was a lovely day for connecting and connect we did. I think everyone knew someone in the group 'from real life' but no one knew everyone. The conversation flowed as we got to know each other and learned about the challenges and victories of life. Sharon Doubler Katz, described it nicely as did Rachel  and Ruti.

Three of my new friends live in or near Netivot and they shared their feelings about living and raising children under fire. Yes, while I enjoy my new life here in Jerusalem my friends in Netivot are exposed to this day in and day out: Take fifteen seconds to watch the clip below. Go ahead, but first turn down the volume, especially if you're reading this at work or there are children asleep in your house.
Now read what my friend Miriam says. And another gave her take on Batya's blog under the name Netivotgirl. Another woman, mother of 7 children all under 15, told of children afraid to go to sleep and younger ones not sleeping through the night because of the booms. 

It's important for all of us to keep in mind that while we are safe at night others in the south don't know if they will sleep through the night. It's important for us to keep these people in our thoughts and prayers. AND it's important to remind our leaders that this is not a situation we should get used to living with. 


Batya said...

Netivotgirl is a different one. You were sitting near her actually.

Enjoy your new life in Jerusalem. I'm so glad to be able to see you more often.

Esther Revivo said...

Thanks for your post! The more people who learn about our situation, the better the chance that something just might be done to change it! Kol Ha'kavod!!! In the meantime, thank you Hashem for watching over us!

Miriam said...

Shalom Risa. Wonderful blog! Thank-you so much for spreading the information of what it is like to live under fire..never knowing when the next shoe [grad missile] will fall.

This morning when I woke up I said to my husband..B"H quiet night! You can't imagine what a blessing it is to have a 'quiet night.'

Presently, we have drones buzzing overhead.

May The Hand of Hashem protect Am Yisrael!


Devorah said...

Risa, thank you for your kind and importabt words about what my children husband & I live through.
Living in the "Azza Belt" (the surrounding yishuvim around Azza) is not always a picnic. You can never fully plan anything in advance without deep down thinking...what if there is a siren during....
I love the Negev and no Arab or politition will ever make me leave my home.
Hashems miracles are all around us-just open your eyes and you will see them.

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