Lamentations – Tisha b’Av 2002

By Naomi Ragen


Tonight we will gather fasting in the synagogue, sit on the floor, tear our clothes, put ashes on our heads and read the scroll of Lamentations.

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By Naomi Ragen


Tonight we will gather fasting in the synagogue, sit on the floor, tear our clothes, put ashes on our heads and read the scroll of Lamentations. We do this every year on the anniversary of the Temple?s destruction, on the most terrible day in the Jewish calendar: The ninth day of the Jewish month of Av.

We will sit on the floor and remember: The passenger bus coming back from B? nai Brak full of the voices of children, the tiny voices of babies and the comforting noises of their mothers, and we will remember how it wound its way through Judah, nearing home. And then we will hear the sounds: grenades thrown through the roof Is that the name we shall give them? The bombs lobbed at this unarmed bus full of women holding babies, and young fathers, and grandmothers and teenagers. And then we shall see them, one by one, as they tried to get off the bus. We will see Judith Weinberg, 22 years old, a teacher in Bait Yaakov, returning after successfully completing her final teacher?s exams, in her eighth month of pregnancy, as she lumbers down the steps, her body heavy and slow. And we shall see the men who turn their rifles towards her, piercing her stomach. Doctors performed a c-section, delivering her little boy. He lived one day.

?How does the city sit solitary that was full of people! She weepeth sore in the night And her tears are on her cheeks She has none to comfort her among her lovers All her friends have dealt treacherously with her, They have become her enemies (Lamentations 1,2)?

Still in the bus was the Shilon family. Ayelet and her husband Gal had spent the weekend in Givatayim with her parents, Zilpah and Moshe. The grandparents enjoyed their grandchildren, the eight-month old twins, Galia Esther and Sarah, and two-year old Or Chayim (the light of life). The father, Gal, a former pilot , returned home to Emanuel on Sunday. His wife followed with the children on bus 189 on Tuesday. Grandmother Zilpah accompanied her daughter to help her with the babies on the trip home. When the bombs started, Ayelet called Gal on her cell phone. He didn?t have a car, so he ran all the way until the town?s gardener gave him a lift to the entrance of Emanuel. There he saw three men dressed as Israeli soldiers in uniform. When he approached them, they turned around and shot him in cold blood. On the bus, the same three men killed his eight month old Sara, and her grandmother Zilpah. His wife Ayelet is fighting for her life. Or Chayim has shrapnel in his head, and a bullet in his two-year old shoulder. Only Galia Esther was unharmed.

Jerusalem remembers In the days of her affliction and of her anguish All her treasures that she had From the days of old And now her people fall by the Hand of the adversary And none do help her They have mocked at her desolations. Ilana Sitton, a cosmetician, was returning after having registered her 14-year old daughter for high school. She was murdered. Her daughter is hospitalized. Yonatan Gamliel, a sixteen year old high school student returning home, was murdered. Keren Kashani, 30, a single mother with one son, was murdered on her way home.

Let it not come unto you, all you that pass by! Behold and see! If there be any pain like unto my pain, which Is done unto me?

© Israel My Beloved




The PLO was instituted in 1964 three years before the six day war in June 1967 when Israel, in a war of self-defense, recovered the so-called “West Bank”, now seen and proclaimed by nearly everybody as the quintessence crux of the Middle East problem.
This however shows that the PLO (All Palestine needs to be liberated) was not formed to erect a Palestinian state on the ‘so called’ West Bank but was instituted to replace all of Israel with a Muslim Palestinian State.

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The New Testament Basis for the Restoration of Israel

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Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.