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KJ Hannah Greenberg

War

I don’t know. Never can I or any other person truly know.  I hope current events herald Moshiach’s arrival.

Meanwhile,

  • there was the picture circulating of Israeli children taken hostage who were caged like animals or the fictional Hansel and Gretel.
  • there was the story of the couple who returned to Israel, wed with a minyan and their families, and then went off, in different directions, to defend our country. Kol haKavod!
  • there were videos of the varied Jews who came to the levayah of the lone soldier, a stranger to them, yet a brother to all, and who, during the ceremony, had to take cover from missiles.
  • there was mention of soldiers and reservists being called away from the sweetness of Shabbot and from the joy of Simchat Torah to defend us.
  • there were fresh widows and new orphans.
  • there were the hundreds who died Kiddush Hashem, whether soldiers or civilians.
  • there are the thousands injured.
  • there are the thousand displaced.
  • there are the seminary girls who are babysitting so that mothers, whose husbands are at war, can nap.
  • there are yeshiva bucharim supplementing chevra kedusha manpower by digging graves.
  • there are store owners and restaurateurs filling vans with food, gratis, for soldiers and displaced persons.
  • there are doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals flying here to help Am Yisrael.
  • there are more missiles and infiltrators daily.
  • there is more loss of life and more people significantly wounded daily.
  • there are families collecting food, toiletries, and clothing for our displaced brothers and sisters.
  • there are families collecting food, toiletries, and gear for our soldiers.
  • there are individuals donating maritime transports, private aircraft, and vans to get provisions where they are needed.
  • there are persons storming social media.
  • there are IDF troops singing to encourage themselves before gong off to defend us.
  • there are IDF troops keening because of fallen comrades.

There are many, many more pieces, too. All of them are valuable. All of them matter.

Intense armed conflicts are not normal. They ought never to be.

We are a people of peace. Yet, as Golda Meir once said, we can’t make peace with people who want to kill us.

Hashem loves peace. Yet, we pray to Him to strengthen our soldiers that all scourges are eliminated.

We are unified against enemies of Eretz Yisrael. At the end of the day, no matter our political views, we are family.

So, call a senior. Ask your international family and friends to aid us. Donate time to an organization. Give money and good where they are needed. Say a Kapital of Tehillim.

Am Yisrael Chai!

About the Author
KJ Hannah Greenberg has been playing with words for an awfully long time. Initially a rhetoric professor and a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar, she shed her academic laurels to romp around with a prickle of imaginary hedgehogs. Thereafter, her writing has been nominated once for The Best of the Net in poetry, three times for the Pushcart Prize in Literature for poetry, once for the Pushcart Prize in Literature for fiction, once for the Million Writers Award for fiction, and once for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. To boot, Hannah’s had more than forty books published and has served as an editor for several literary journals.
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