Erev Shabbat Vayetze'
Four hundred and seventy (470) rockets were fired into Israel in just over 24 hours this last round — a record — and only one person was killed! Amazing! Only HQB"H!!!
I commented on another blog:
Let's appeal to HQB"H through tehillim for mercy on our nation! And then let us thank Him after it's all over, and give Him the credit He deserves.
And so, I'm following up now. We all need to take some time to be thankful for the good as well as seeing the bad.
Hanukkah is nigh and we need to prepare! Study what you can about Hanukkah חנוכה now, my brothers and sisters!
DISCLAIMER: Some of the items in the links about Hanukkah are not exactly in its spirit. For instance, I'd never heard "Light One Candle" before today, even though I liked Peter, Paul and Mary when I was young (yes, I am in 'that age' range!). It resembles "Kumbaya" more than it does the story of the Maccabees, who would never recognize themselves in it.
Also, the videos have women singing, just in case you might want to avoid that. If you have better suggestions, please comment!
Lastly for today, we need to be extra vigilant since our government apparently has chosen dishonor and humiliation over victory and deterrence. Next post (be"H - I'm not sure when it will be), I'll present the best reason to make aliyah. I don't think you will have heard it quite this way before.
UPDATE 2018/12/05: still preparing that post...meanwhile, it's Hanukkah.
The video below has no women singing; it's R' Ephraim Sprecher explaining why revival of the dead is essential to Judaism.
Shabbat shalom umevorah!