At the time I decided, rather flippantly, that while follow @Qassamcount, I would have all updates forwarded to my my cell-phone. That evening while learning a text or two came in about rockets landing in Ashkelon, the Negev and othr places . . . it made of a quick break from learning. Nu. Nothing out of the ordinary.
But at 5:00 in the morning I was woken by a buzzing cell-phone. Half asleep I picked it up to see several rockets had landed in various Israeli cities. I rolled over and went back to sleep. 5:10 came another text - two more rockets had come down. 5:30 another Qassam came down somewhere near Beer Sheva. 6:30, 7:30 . . . They kept coming down, breaking me from some confused dream about a virus destroying my computer (Hashem Yishmor) . . .
While taking a shower my phone went again . . . Drinking my Coffee, Davening learning, eating Lunch . . . While writing this post at the Un-G-dly hour of 4:43 in the morning, a text just came in that another 7 rockets had recently come down.
Something interesting is happening - my life is being interrupted by events abroad.
News can be a form of escapism. We read it to take a break from our daily humdrum, then we return to the grind. It's there when we want it, quiet when we don't. We can go about our lives - perhaps mentioning it as a point of interest to a friend - only returning to it when we want to.
Now, however, I'm being chased. My day is interrupted, at relatively inconvenient times to boot. I don't have the audacity to say that the annoying buzz and bells of my phone can compare to the utter terror and damage of a Qassam - but something is (at least on a figurative level) hitting home. d
When we check the news at the end of the day, it's not that 50 rockets came down, and then it was over . . . it's a constant rain of fire - coming and going at whim, not caring for the schedule of our lives.
Let us pray that it ends soon.
Photo taken during my trip to Israel at a Nachal Chareidi base.
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