In Sderot: Bombs and Birthday Cake

Credit Photo: Miriam Sasy

I want to wish a very happy birthday to Noaa Cohen, in Sderot, Israel.

Noaa celebrated her 15th birthday yesterday with a pool party after Shabbat for 30 friends.

While they celebrated, 4 missiles were fired from terrorists in Gaza right at Sderot and thank G-d, were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense shield.

Sderot, in the Western Negev of Israel, is situated only 8 miles from Gaza, and is at the front lines in the War on Terror.

Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005 and gave it to the Palestinians in a unilateral effort towards peace, but soon after terrorist group, Hamas, took control and has since been raining down missiles on the Israeli civilian population centers around it.

Aside from missiles, are of course, the terror tunnels and regular attempts at armed infiltration into Israel with guns, bombs, RPGs, and knives to attack and abduct Israelis.

Last night, as the missiles came towards Sderot and the Israeli sirens wailed for the people to seek shelter–they have only 15 seconds–the beautiful youth in Noaa’s birthday party ran towards the safe room.

What was incredible with these youth, was that rather than stop the celebration and hide in fear and suffering from the missile attacks, instead they courageously continued the party and sang with great strength in Hebrew, Happy Birthday to Noaa!

!היום יום הולדת לנעה

Noaa and her friends heroically celebrated life over the threat of death by the terrorists, and they said “this was their answer to Hamas terror.”

When I asked Noaa’s grandmother, Miriam Sasy, how her granddaughter and these other children were so brave in the face of missile attack, she responded: “they trust in G-d and the IDF.”

Let us all learn from these amazing young people of Sderot to have birthday cake in the face of bombs and to celebrate life in the face of death, and let Mashiach soon come and bring us peace in the Promised Land.

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