Yesterday night, Zot Chanuka, me and my husband schlepped off to Hevron at 11pm, to do our bit to try to get to the 50,000 people Rav Berland said would be needed to sweeten the awful judgments of war hanging over Israel.
Let me put you out of your suspense right now, and tell you that 50,000 people didn’t come.
There were definitely thousands, but 50,000?
So, the question is, did it work?
Did the prayer gathering do enough to sweeten everything that’s going on?
I don’t know.
This morning, the news is full of multiple attempted terrorist attacks in Israel:
7 people wounded near Ofra in a shooting attack, including a 21 year old mother-to-be who ended up delivering her baby 10 weeks early. The baby is now fighting for it’s life.
A stabbing attack in Jerusalem, where a terrorist stabbed 7 police officers.
These seem to be clear signs that ‘the matzav’, as they call it in Israel, is heating up again.
So, did yesterday’s prayer gathering ‘work’?
I don’t know. I hope so.
What’s clear, is that the Rav could see this ‘deterioration’ in Israel’s security approaching, and according to his words, there may still be far worse to come.
Unless the prayer gathering worked.
But the required 50,000 didn’t show up.
And in case you think this is just Israel’s problem, it isn’t.
Whenever ‘the matzav’ worsens here, anti-semitism and anti-Jewish feeling across the globe ticks up alarmingly, as the media rushes to fill your screens and your head with images of the terrible ‘violence’ being perpetrated…by Israel.
And with Europe descending into chaos as it is, the anti-semites don’t need any more encouragement to start venting their existing frustrations on the local Jews.
They are already smashing up shops, windows and buildings all over France. It won’t take much for a few synagogues and Jewish institutions to get the Gilets Jaunes treatment, too.
And remember, just last month, a Jew-hater opened fire on a non-orthodox synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11. Anti-semitism is on the rise all over the world.
So, the worsening matzav is really not just Israel’s problem.
Did it work, yesterday?
I hope so.
But I really don’t know.
UPDATE: Someone just told me that the stabbing attack happened three weeks ago, not today, so BH for that. I live right next to Arnona and had no idea that happened up the road three weeks ago, because I barely check the news.
So, I feel a little better. Maybe, it did work after all.
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