19 Menachem Av 5782
Baruch Dayan Emet
Just when I thought we were about to catch the glimmer of light evidencing the end of the dark tunnel, the darkness settled around us like a suffocating blanket.
In the first case, a family from Ofakim was visiting Yerushalayim for bein hazemanim. The expectant mother wanted to shop for a bar mitzvah gift and new baby things with an eye to needs for the upcoming high holidays. The father and son of the family was onsite as well as extended family who were witnesses. There are just no words, Hashem save us!
The second case also involved an entire family, visiting from New York, again an expectant mother among the wounded, but thank God!, everyone has survived. It happened near Kever David on Motzaei Shabbat.
Now, this morning comes the news that the soldier who was killed last night near Tulkarem was killed by "friendly fire." He reportedly went to pray and was shot and killed by his fellow soldier as a suspected terrorist infiltrator upon his return to post.
These were the best of us. If it could happen to them, then no one can feel any sense of security. The only comfort I can find in the current situation is that perhaps - perhaps! - this can be compared to the period when we thought we were about to be redeemed in Egypt and suddenly it all got a lot worse as we were forced to find our own straw to make the bricks. Though, in my mind, the loss of life and the terror can't compare.
I'm hanging by a thread and I truly do not know how I am going to be able to keep standing if this continues. Hashem, please help!