Wednesday, October 25, 2006

What Didn't Happen This Past Month

The Jewish people have recently finished the month of Tishrei, which is the most holiday dense month of the year. Rosh HaShana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah filled our days with prayer, feasting and trips. Here in Israel that meant quite a lot of people traveling to relatives and doing day trips on the intermediate days of the holidays. The crowds were so huge in Jerusalem that the police closed off places to private cars, and almost everywhere in Israel there were traffic jams.

This in addition to the month of Ramadan celebrated by the Muslims throughout Israel.

So, what didn't happen - thank G-d?

Suicide bombings and kidnappings (except for an AP reporter yesterday for a few hours). Why didn't these things happen? Well, the main reason of course is because G-d didn't want them to happen. But a secondary reason is because Hashem had a lot of "helpers". There are men out there, both in green uniforms and in civilian clothes, who worked day and night (and do so 24/7 throughout the year, not just this past month) to gather the information about the terrorists and find them before they accomplished their goal. You only hear about these activities months after the fact, in a short article in the paper, which many people don't notice.

I notice. And I try on this blog to thank these annonymous "shlichim" (G-d's messengers) whenever I can. I can't name you - but I know that you are out there keeping my family safe, and I want to say thank you again.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, b"H, for quiet and joy-filled holidays for everyone. Why is it that we never hear anything positive like this on our newscasts? What would be so bad about that? Give some airtime to these wonderful men and women who keep the land of Israel safe- instead of those who don't...

3:38 PM, October 25, 2006  
Blogger aliyah06 said...

I'm about ready to give up reading the paper--I'm depressed before I get out the door in the morning!

We owe a tremendous amount to the security folks who mostly work quietly in the shadows. My husband was a police officer in the States so toured a police facility while here--and was able to watch the interception of a suicide bomber. The other cops told him, almost casually, that the arrestee was the 22nd interception that month. These guys work hard to keep us safe and I never forget it.

7:07 PM, October 25, 2006  
Blogger bec said...

thank g*d for the people behind the scenes. too often they're only noticed when something does happen and people say "how did they let this slip by?" instead of saying, "look how much they've prevented from occurring." thanks for pointing this out--i think it's especially relevant in israel, but the way the world is lately, i'd say we should definitely remember that there are these behind the scenes folks everywhere--we hope.

6:23 AM, October 26, 2006  
Blogger westbankmama said...

regina - it has always bothered me that the news is so depressing.

aliyah06 - what does your husband do here in Israel?

bec - it sometimes seems that the poeple who do the most get the least credit

12:08 PM, October 26, 2006  
Blogger aliyah06 said...

He's 'retired' from the police department in the States, however, he's applied to work for the police department here as a volunteer. The application is in--we're waiting to hear from them.

12:16 PM, October 27, 2006  
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