Shabbos Update From Yoni Lipshutz Of Simply Tsfat
From Yoni Lipshutz of Simply Tsfat:
Shabbat for the most part past quietly, too quietly. Gone were the neighbors children complaining that my sons had a run-in with them. What I would give now to hear those wonderful sounds! Being one of the few families left in Tsfat, Friday night I had 7 male guests since their usual hosts were not to be found. We had wonderful discussions and we were happy not to be interrupted by the sirens! Shul was unusually empty in quantity.
Towards the end of Shabbos though, a mother and her 3 children were hurt by a direct hit on their apartment. They were wounded but alright and recovering at the hospital.
This afternoon I was being interviewed on WABC radio 770 on the AM dial in NY on the "Religion on the Line" program 7-10am NY time. Towards the end of the interview the sirens went off, about 5 minutes later I heard the whistle of a katyusha whizzing by. I just found out 2 hit Kiryat Breslov. One hit an area called the "Beit HaAri" which is just a pile of old stones, some say it was where the Ari HaKadosh once lived. The other hit a brand new empty apartment which was just waiting for it's new owners to move in.
The children are playing in the converted water cistern, bomb shelter downstairs more or less oblivious to the death and destruction that our Arab cousins insist on raining down on us.
There is an old joke of the scorpion that asked the frog to carry him piggy-back to the other side of the river. The frog remarked "but you'll sting me and I'll die". To this the scorpion replied, yes, but if you go down, then I too will drown and die with you. So the frog thought this very logical and let the scorpion on board. Half way across the river, sure enough, the scorpion could not resist and sprang a fatal blow to the frog. The frog was stung and started to sink, on the way down, paralyzed and dieing the frog asked the scorpion why? - to which the scorpion replied it's my nature!
Friends, until we learn this lesson, we are bound to repeat it!
May this week bring shalom to all of us!
UPDATE: Jerusalem Post: Katyushas can't stop a homey Safed Shabbat dinner
Yoni's comment on the story:
But what he did not write about was...
Mincha was at 6:30 and I am rarely late, needing to leave my house at 6:20 to be on time. This erev Shabbos my wife asked my to clean the kitchen since 2 older daughters were in Jerusalem enjoying a break from our unwanted air mail packages! So I roled up my sleeves. At 6:50 I was out the door, about 10 minutes before Shabbos. I literally bumped into Jeremy who asks "Do you know where Ascent is located?" in a fine British accent!
Now friends, Ascent is a youth hostel and it is closed for the duration like all the other hotels! I hesitate inviting him to sleep over, as we are all sleeping on the floor already crowded. He has no car, no room and no place to be for Shabbos! I think quickly and remember that a neighbor, who also has not left Tsfat and is all alone, was all to happy to give him a room and not charge the usual $100 just to have the company during these difficult times. As I am waiting for him, a city pickup truck pulls up and asks if anyone needs food, handing me 4 trays of food for anyone who needs it! I am startled by this hashgacha pratis, having never saw the city hand out food like this!
Jeremy came to shul with me and came to eat with us Friday night and at the 3rd meal, which is where he mostly pieced together this article!
HaShem Hu Gadol!!!