Image above, courtesy of Israel Police via kikarhashabbat.com - disassembled car-bomb explosive device from Beitar, 27 July, 2014
The ongoing war in Gaza has blurred our focus on Judea and Samaria, where a new entifada is brewing.
Yesterday morning, an alert border policeman at Beitar Illit noticed that the driver of a white west-bound Citroen Berlingo was acting weird - he pulled him over but he dried to get away. He was apprehended immediately and arrested. In the back of the Berlingo, the officers saw several prodigious cooking gas canisters, the size that would be sufficient for a month's needs for a 12-family apartment building. These propane cannisters were connected to chunks of metal and an explosive device which contained several pounds of TNT (the flesh-colored play-dough looking substance in the image above). Police sappers disassembled the car bomb, which was intended to explode in an Israeli residential area. Hashem prevented a mega-catastrophe. In the words of super-modest officer Yeshurun Zoran, a real hero who we all owe much to:
We're in the notorious "9 Days" before Tisha B'Av, and yet Hashem's miracles and loving-kindness know no bounds. We should all be singing praises and songs of gratitude all day long.
The Klausenberger Rebbe osb"m, who lost a wife and 11 children in the Holocaust, addressed the challenges of our people and taught how to regard them from the proper perspective: "A father's mercy is upon his son; it's therefore clear that our Father in Heaven doesn't want to harm us, for His love of His people Israel and even the sinners of Israel is well known."
This week's Torah portion is Devarim. Digging Up the Dirt is a very relavant elaboration on it.
Also featured this week:
Rabbi Shalom Arush - Gift from Gaza
Dr. Zev Ballen - The Price of Peace
Rivka Levy - A Minute of Peace
David Perlow - War? What For?
Important Announcement - this week, there will not be a live emuna shiur and broadcast; G-d willing, we'll be back next week, the day after Tisha B'Av. Have a great week and G-d bless!