Apologies for a very short posting today. I’m having serious internet problems.
Here is a great item is from Dr. Aaron Lerner from the invaluable IMRA site who writes, for a nice change, a very optimistic piece entitled “Some things that make me optimistic about Israel“.
1. The nation’s resilience and determination. Despite all the predictions,
our kids still want to serve in combat units and when there’s a war,
reservists often show up at their bases before they’re even called. The
home front, facing rocket attacks, doesn’t push for a quick ceasefire, but
rather for the job to be done.
2. Our export based economy is shifting from markets that are influenced by
politics to countries that have no interest in connecting trade with
3. Our defense spending as a percentage of GNP is so low (less than 6%) that
if we had to drop all the American assistance it would only raise us back to
the burden we carried a decade ago.
4. Thanks to desalination there’s effectively no limit to the growth of our
7. Prime Minister Netanyahu has managed to achieve relationships beyond
expectations – consider the attacks against balance-breaking weapons in
Syria despite the Russian S-400s deployed there.
8. The ultra orthodox community is undergoing a revolution with more and
more getting training and joining the labor force.
Read it all. It makes everything seem worthwhile.
This week it’s Parshat Zachor, the Shabbat of Remembrance, where we read from the Torah the commandment to remember what Amalek did to us, and the mitzva of eradicating Amalek. It is read this week because it is the Shabbat before Purim, anf the villain of the Purim story, Haman, was a descendant of Amalek.
What better way to sign off than with these Hamantaschen tweets?
And with these tasty treats I wish you all Shabbat Shalom!