The Bible is written in a beautifully descriptive fashion. For example, “And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the LORD” (1 Sam. 3:20). The children of Israel would have instantly thought of Dan in the far north and Beersheva in the south and visualized the
Australian and Israeli flags were flying in the breeze as joyful Hebrew music played and hundreds of school-age children clapped along. The elementary school in Beit Shemesh was humming with excitement as we walked in with the Australian ambassador to Israel. The town was rolling out the red carpet for his visit. At the same
Geut’s husband, Shlomi, is at work in his coffee shop in Sderot. He started working in the shop seven months ago, and business is suffering, even though the store hours are from 7:00 a.m. to midnight. Shlomi says, through a translator, that in the last three months, he has had something like 70% fewer customers.
The New Normal This new normal includes mourning for lost family members (159 killed) and caring for the wounded. It includes living in apartments damaged by rocket fire. Many apartments remain un-repaired with blown out windows and varying degrees of shrapnel damage. These families can’t afford to fix their apartments, and the government agencies––chronically overstretched
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