As of Wednesday afternoon Hamas has decided to again break the cease fire and launch barrages of rockets on southern Israel. Why would Hamas do this? Since the deployment of the Iron Dome system the rockets have ceased to be a serious military threat.
Their value in the eyes of Hamas seems to be largely symbolic and psychological- which at its heart is the definition of terror. Hamas's 'strategy' if it can be called that, appears to be to goad Israel into causing the maximum in human casualties and thus swing world opinion towards Hamas.
I hope for two things, that Israel does not take the bait, and that the world sees Hamas as the cynical and inhumane organization that it is. To my mind there is only a diplomatic solution to this problem.
On a more positive note I want to share with you that our Camp Menorah held a color run last week to benefit the organization Friends of the Israel Defense Forces and raised $300.00 to support Israeli soldiers. If you would like to join in their effort please click the F.I.D.F link below.
Remember, during the month of August it is our tradition to hold Friday Kabbalat Shabbat services on the beautiful synagogue patio. Bring a sweater.
This Shabbat Sofia Haskell, daughter of Whit and Lina, will become a Bat Mitzvah. Services are always at 6:30 pm on Erev Shabbat and 10:00 am on Shabbat morning. The Haskells will be hosting the nosh at 6:00 pm and the Kiddush lunch on Shabbat at noon in honor of Sofia.
Steven L. Silver, Rabbi