What's the war like in Ashdod? The following parable will explain:
Several ministers complained to the king about the misbehavior of his son, the prince. To placate them, the king called his son, yelled at him and scolded him, then hit him with a big stick. The stick seemed to make a lot of noise on impact, but without the ministers knowing, the king barely tapped his beloved son, whom he certainly does not want to hurt.
The king is Hashem, the prince is the People of Israel, the ministers are the administering angels of Edom and Yishmael, and the stick is the missile attacks from Gaza.
We had a rough morning in Ashdod this morning. There were barrages at 8 AM, which caught us in the middle of Shmona Esrei. A later barrage hit Ashdod at about 10:50 AM.
The earlier barrage hit a gas station. Miraculously, no one was killed. Logically, this should have been a mega-disaster. On Friday mornings, this particularly gas station is jammed with people getting their weekend fillups and with it, their free newspaper. Hashem's love for His people Israel knows no bounds. Isn't it time that we return that love with more dedication to Him?
The photos below are courtesy of ashdodnet.com - have a look at them, and see what a tremendous miracle it is for someone to come out of such an attack alive. Shabat Shalom, and may we hear good tidings!
Image #1 - car hit with shrapnel and totally gutted out
Image #2 - GRAD missile completely penetrates the concrete pavement
Image #3 - Ashdod's brave firefighters putting out the blaze
Image #4 - Aftermath in video