On this fast day I sit and read of all the craziness going on in Israel. When will it end? Will those who eschew food and drink on this day stand up and speak out? Jerusalem was under siege thousands of years ago by the Babylonians. Today has anything really changed? The world powers still clamp down on the Holy city while "Judah as well goes up" against her. Here's some insightful reading for you on this fast day:
The Siege on Jerusalem: Then and Now
Ask yourself, who, exactly, is our "partner in peace?"
Is it the "Palestinians" who vow to destroy us?
Security Chief: 3000 Rifles a Month, Explosives, Flow into Gaza
Hamas Candidate Says “United Jerusalem” to be Arab Capital
Is it the Arab citizens of Israel?
Arab MK: Sharon “a Criminal,” “a Butcher,” “Swimming in Blood”
Is it the Israeli Government?
Mofaz Pre-empts, Says Israel Will Allow Jerusalem Arabs to Vote
Wow, that's some annexed "undivided, eternal" capital of Israel.
Mofaz: If Hamas Changes, We Can Talk With Them
How blind can a government be? How many more deaths until Israel wakes up?
Is it the Presbyterians (Y'S) who boycott us or the Baptists (Y'S) who want to convert us? To whom do we turn?
Simple answer: to Hashem and each other.
So as you break your fast and go on with your lives, please take a few moments to remember the Klal. Remember your brothers and sisters who are suffering in Eretz Yisrael. Remember the One who will redeem us: HaKadosh Baruch Hu. Daven with kavana and ask Hashem to redeem us. Amen.