I have been in a sensory overload. I know very well from the recent experiences and events, from looking at the faces and hearing the voices around me, I am not alone in this state. Thank goodness for the technology that lets me access so much information. I feel more in control as I am made aware of all that is taking place. At the same time, my sensory system is running on high alert leaving my thinking system running on low. It is a challenge to grasp, sort, filter and make sense of all the information coming at me. Yet with all the analysis and commentaries and political speeches, it was the words I read this morning of the IDF captain to his soldiers that said it all.

The following is taken from the Times of Israel:
IDF captain tells soldiers, ‘It is our right to be free in our land’
The IDF releases footage of an IDF captain giving a last minute briefing to the company he commands before they go into the Gaza Strip.

“I don’t think I need to explain to you why we are doing what we are doing,” he says. “We are here in order to do what we trained for, and what we enlisted for — to protect the State of Israel, and to enable its right to exist in freedom, without them shooting mortars at us, and without us worrying about the families here on the border, and I am confident in what we are doing, because it is our right to be free in our land. It’s not a slogan, it’s the truth.”

I feel grateful for having had access to these words.