30 Menachem Av 5774
I don't know if you've been keeping up with the matzav today, but, as could have been expected for Rosh Chodesh Elul - damage and injuries have increased to a level not yet seen on this side of the conflict.
The morning began with a direct missile hit on a house in Ashkelon which injured 59 people.
A rocket landed in an Ashdod kindergarten playground. Six people had to be treated for hysteria.
A rocket exploded on a road in S'derot damaging a number of cars in the area. One person was treated for hysteria.
A rocket struck a house in Eshkol killing (updated) two and injuring six - two seriously.
That's as of 6:50 pm. And those are just the missiles that scored hits.
A few minutes ago, it was announced that Israel has agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire which is scheduled to go into effect "tonight." All this time, Israel has been negotiating under fire.
However, it's not over until HASHEM says it's over. With the month of repentance just beginning, I'm guessing that it's only gonna get worse from here. People are gonna wake up to the fact that it was HASHEM protecting us all this time and not Kipat Barzel!