The Rattling of the Door

As you might have heard there were Grads sent in to the middle of of Israel last night. “BOOM”, here we go again! Sounds like an Abba song. So here’s the story. At 3:20 am, I  woke up. All is quite. Try to go back to sleep. The bedroom door rattles. Mmmmm? For a fine tuned expert on the Science of BOOMS, the door rattle is a preliminary to the real thing. Meaning, somewhere in Azza we are bombing but I can’t hear the jets or the booms, but the door can. It’s like a dog going crazy before an earthquake and the humans feel it seconds later. I ignore it and try to go back to sleep. Fat chance. There’s another door rattle. All is still quite, no planes, no Booms. A 3rd door rattle. That’s it, no mistaking it, there’s...

Please, Not Again!

I am not quite sure how to write this article. I really don’t want to offend people but I am having a hard time sitting on the sidelines quietly. I am a Second Generation of 2 Survivor parents. For the first 16 years  living in Israel, I would go to the Kotel and pray to Hashem. Could you please help my parents make Aliya? The 17th year I went to the Kotel to say Thank You! My parents made Aliya in 1999. Why was it so important to me that they make Aliya? Besides that they are my only living relatives and I would like my children to enjoy their grandparents, I had this overwhelming fear that they would not make it here before the next Shoah. The fear of the next Shoah has always quietly been nagging at me. It is no longer a quiet fear. It is now quite a...

The Knock on the Door no Person Wants to Recieve

Netanyahu: The knock on the door after my brother was killed was the worst moment of my life   The telephone call that informed him of his brother Yonatan’s death in July 1976 on the Entebbe rescue mission remains the worst moment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s life. He shared the continuously resonating pain of that loss with the Israeli public when he spoke Wednesday morning at a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Mt. Herzl Military Cemetery to mark the 23,320 soldiers and civilians who have been killed since the country was created in 1948. In this way, Netanyahu said, he is no different than the thousands of families whose lives were torn apart and changed forever when they heard a “knock” on the door that informed them that someone they loved had...

Happy Birthday Israel from Gazza

As I was completing the previous blog last night, there was a ding on my phone. It had been diging all evening. My children and spouses were having a wonderful time on the family whatsap group, discussing barbecues, sending emojis and changing icons. It was a fun way to end a perfect “Sunday” Yom HaAtzmaut. 9 something – “Ding” on my pelephone. Small red alert flashes across the top of screen:  רוטר – צבע אדום בשדרות. “Oh no, Tzeva Adom in Sderot.” I report to Ron (Here we go again. Remember PTSD. I’m thinking, perfect Happy Birthday gift from Hamas!). We didn’t hear any booms. Maybe it was a false alarm. Check Rotter news alert. Check Jpost. Both report Tzeva Adoms alarms heard in Sderot and surrounding...

13 Golani Soldiers Lost – Yom HaZikaron – 2015 – 5775

This article is about the 13 Golani soldiers killed in the Battle of Shuja’iyya during Tzuk Eitan. This battle occurred 9 months ago. It’s only now that I understand what happened three and a half kilometers from Kibbutz Saad. At the time I knew something big was going on. I filmed it all night and day. What I didn’t realize until now is that was one of the hardest battles of the war. We had the most casualties, 13 Golani Soldiers were killed. Yom HaZikaron is dedicated to remembering the fallen. This article is dedicated to these 13 soldiers. If you have patience review the following posts in this blog. Go to Archives. Click on July. Now click July 19 and July 20: July 19: Shavuah Tov – day 12 – Mivtza Tzuk Eitan July 20: War on...

Another Precious Soul Lost

This article is about Shalom Cherki (pronounced Sherki). He and his girlfriend were brutally run down at a bus stop in a terror attack last Wednesday night. Sholom succumbed to his wounds early Thursday morning. I didn’t know Shalom personally. But every brutal killing effects us all personally. I can’t stop thinking about him. He looked like such a lovely young man. They all look so wonderful. All our soldiers that are killed and victims of terror attacks look so beautiful. They’re pictures appear in the newspaper and I am always amazed how good looking they are.  I will start from the beginning. Last Thursday morning, Yom Hashoah, I was busy writing a story about my father. Up pops a small line at the top of my screen. Piguah – terror...