24 Marcheshvan 5777
In case you are unaware of what's happening in Eretz Yisrael, 220 separate fires have been set across the country since Tuesday. But, the situation exploded to an entirely new level today as the city of Haifa became involved in a big way. Every news site bears the headline "Haifa Is Burning". TV coverage has been running a continuous live report throughout the day and now into the night.
An article on Debkafile gives a very good summary of what has been happening - Haifa on fire, 60,000 people evacuated. Also, the Jewish Press is live-blogging.
Haifa is famous for it's philosophy of co-existence which is put on display every year in December during an event that they call The Holiday of Holidays. Perhaps they will have to cancel it this year.
The Holiday of Holidays in Haifa
Haifa, Israel's third largest city, is a symbol of religious coexistence. Every year in December, it marks The Holiday of Holidays - a celebration of a harmonious relationship between monolithic religions of the area.