The separate beach is out…the local pool is severely limiting the number of swimmers and the hours they are open, because they have a tiny mamad (bomb shelter)…going for a nice drive goes into a whole other dimension when you see rockets flying overhead as you're driving down the motorway. In short, it's pretty challenging.
But we've all been telling ourselves 'this too, will pass' and looking forward to September 1, the day when the kids all go back to school, and we mothers get some sort of time, space and routine back in our lives.
Jerusalem, where I live, hasn't experienced a lot of rockets, thank G-d. But at the height of the war, we had a handful of azakot, or sirens. So when a siren went off in the middle of the night yesterday, I thought I was dreaming it. By the time I actually woke up, and realized it was a real siren, the rocket was already a couple of seconds away.
I heard the 'thud' of a rocket going to ground somewhere far away, but close enough to still be in the Jerusalem area, and I had five minutes of feeling scared. It wasn't the rocket, per se, but the thought that the war actually isn't over. Which means, it could still escalate up any minute. Which means, we could get into those terrifying 'End of Days' Gog and Magog scenarios any day now.
After feeling five minutes of minor panic, I turned over and went to sleep.
But this morning, a friend of mine from the South told me something that made the blood freeze in my veins: they are talking about cancelling the start of school, if the rockets continue.
She and I were both horrified by the thought. Is there no level that these evil Palestinian terrorists won't stoop to? But, that's when I realized that when our sages taught that Am Yisrael will be redeemed in the merit of the holy women, that they were dead right.
We ladies are made of tough stuff. We've gone through weeks of rockets, weeks of having sons, husbands and fathers fighting in Gaza, weeks of agonising over the fate of the three kidnapped teens.
There has been an outpouring of communal challa making events; large groups saying tehillim; individuals making enormous efforts to tip the scales in Israel's favour by doing more kindness, more mitzvoth; many more people talking about G-d and trying to live their emuna.
But if Hamas gets school cancelled this September, they should know one thing: Geula will happen almost immediately afterwards.
All the mothers will be storming the Heavens with their heartfelt prayers to get the schools re-opened, so they can finally get some sanity, peace and routine back into their lives. And then, the terrorists are finished.