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Jerusalem, Cry No More

When I was a student in Jerusalem many years ago, I traveled by bus around the city. Whenever I was on a bus at the “top of the hour” everyone stopped their conversations to listen to the news. It is well known that Israelis are “news junkies”. In fact if I’m not mistaken there are more newspapers per capita in Israel than anywhere else in the world. I was reminded of this over the last number of weeks when I entered my car in time to hear the news on the hour and half hour over and over again.
This weekend I took some time to read some articles about the conflict in Gaza and wanted to share with you three links which I think you will find interesting and instructive. Two of these links were written by soldiers in the IDF. The first of these http://secure.aish.com/secure/pledge.php answers many questions which I myself had about Hamas and the people of Gaza. The second written by an Israel Air Force Pilot directly discusses how the Israeli Armed Forces avoids hitting civilian populations at all costs. http://www.aish.com/jw/id/In-the-Cockpit-above-Gaza.html The third article was written by an Israeli American woman who offers a “no more apologies” position about Israel’s right to defend itself http://www.aish.com/jw/s/No-More-Apologies.html

As you know I use the Lev Lalev blog and facebook page to share updated information with our Lev Lalev family. Like all families, there are agreements and disagreements; but what binds a family together is the love and respect that serves as the common bond which connects us. The Lev Lalev family is very special. We have donors from almost every State and from countless Countries throughout the world. Our donors are Jewish, Christian, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Believers and non believers. What we do share is our desire to help the orphaned and disadvantaged girls in Israel, the concept of tikun olam (building a better world) and the desire to help and support Israel through charitable donations.
Just this morning a generous and longtime donor to Lev Lalev Orphanage, from United Kingdom, who is not Jewish, sent me the link to a beautiful Hasidic song by Yaakov Schweky, called Cry No More, Yerushalayim. Here is the link: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=v8kK-yYuuZI

As we continue to pray for a long lasting peace in Israel and the Middle East, we reflect anxiously on current events and on Jewish History. We at Lev Lalev have a special sensitivity toward the results of war and neglect. After all we work with girls whose life situations are traumatic and sad because of conditions that are outside their control. They are simply victims and they must begin a healing process at a very young age.
Today is the Hebrew date Tu Ba’av, the fifteenth of the Hebrew month of Av. In Talmudic times it was the day in which young unmarried girls and their potential suitors met with the purpose of finding their soul mate, (Ancient speed dating). The fifteenth of Av is about optimism, and a positive future. As we look forward to peace in Jerusalem, we also pray that the orphans in Netanya, Jerusalem, and throughout the world will cry no more. Let today be a day of great celebration.


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