Friday, January 31, 2014

It is Rosh Chodesh Adar א and we Welcomed the New Month With a Boom!

It is now 2:30 a.m. and I am wide awake. As I sit down to blog, I can hear our jets roaring overhead.  They are going to answer for the missiles that were fired this evening.

Our neighbours 9 kms. away fired 2 or 3 Grad missiles at us. 

This is a Grad missile. It is filled with explosives, ball bearings, screws, nails and anything else that can fly. Its job is to explode and maim, kill and cause as much damage as possible.

At around 9:30p.m. the incoming warning siren wailed in our Yishuv, and the 2 moshavim that surround us. We have 15 seconds to seek safety. In those 15 seconds, parents have to wake up their sleeping children and take them from their warm beds to safety. Our dog is barking like crazy. The siren scares her. My husband has to put on her leash and get her to safety.

In our yishuv, most homes have a mamad, a reinforced security room.  The yishuv and moshav also have public mamads.

Our house doesn’t have a mamad or protective windows, but it is safe as it was built with reinforced cement. Because we do not have protective windows, we have to stay out of any room with windows.  We usually go to our shower room and wait until we hear the boom.

Tonight we heard 2 booms that seem to be far way. As we left the shower room, we heard a loud explosion. The house shook and the lights flickered. At first we thought it was the Iron Dome. It wasn’t. The missile exploded on a Moshav next to us.

The media reported no injuries or damage. This statement is not quite true. Although there weren’t any physical injuries,[except for a woman who fell running to a public shelter] there are always emotional injuries...Shock, children terrified and crying afraid to go back to sleep. Some of the elderly who live on the moshavim are in wheelchairs and can’t get to safety quickly....this fact scares them. 

The residents of the South are always on alert and know that as long as Hamas, Jihad and Fatah are our neighbours, the siren can wail at any time and a rocket will be fired.  

Our jets are now returning. I heard several booms.

Time to stop talking, clean up Aza and don’t stop until the job is finished! Our IDF knows what to do. Our chayalim are well trained. They need the government to give the order.

Rosh Chodesh Sameach
Shabbat Shalom
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Make-A-Wish Foundation....Making Dreams Come to Life......

Miles is 5 years old and like all 5 year old boys he likes super heroes, especially Batman. But Miles is not like other 5 year olds... he is a cancer patient suffering from Leukemia. Baruch Hashem, [thank-G-D] his father says Miles is now in remission.

I first heard about Miles, when reading the Facebook postings of an old friend of mine from Hamilton, Cheryll Jutan.

Miles wanted to be Batman and Cheryll was posting about her son Mike, who lives in San Francisco and his involvement to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation make Miles’s dream a reality.

And a reality it was when over 10,000 San Francisco city employees and residents volunteered to turn San Francisco into Gotham City and for a day Miles became Batkid, rescuing a damsel in distress, capturing the Riddler as he robbed a bank, and saving the city mascot from the clutches of the Penguin.

Batkid and his hero Batman had a police escort as officers on motorcycles blocked traffic and escorted their black Batmobile Lamborghini around the city. 

My friend Cheryll’s son played the Penguin.

Mike told his hometown newspaper: “I had no idea it was going to be this big.” Mike who is 31 and a software engineer with Industrial Light and Magic in San Francisco was born in Hamilton but grew up in and still has ties to London Ontario. “When I was asked to do it, I thought we would just put on some costumes and romp around a playground for 10 minutes for a little kid.”

Mike has a beautiful blog called Mike Yesterday he posted his thoughts and some wonderful pictures. Enjoy!  

What is the Make-A-Wish Foundation? It is an organization that makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Founded in the United States in 1980 Make-A-Wish operates in 47 countries around the world through 36 affiliate offices. In Israel Make-A-Wish can be contacted at:  
In English:

In Hebrew:  

or Facebook:

The work Make-A-Wish does is a mitzvah gadola...[a major good deed] The happiness it brings to sick children and the smiles on their faces is worth the thousands and thousands of dollars the dreams cost. May all the volunteers be blessed with good health.

This Wednesday evening, Nov. 27th /25th of Kislev, begins the eight day festival of Chanukah also known as the festival of lights. It marks the miraculous victory of the Jews, led by the Maccabees, against Greek persecution and religious oppression.

Chag Chanukah Sameach everyone!
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