Above - IS flag waving on captured UN Outpost in Sinai - image copyright AFP via www.israelhayom.com
Hashem is telling us that just because Yom Kippur is past, that doesn't mean we're finished doing teshuva.
Many people in their spiritual slumber don't realize that the IS (Islamic State) flag is now flying all over Sinai. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis - the Egyptian version of IS - has become a major security problem for the government, killing scores of police and soldiers in the increasingly lawless Sinai Peninsula, our lengthy southern border. And, like their Iraqi and Syrian counterparts, they too are now decapitating their enemies.
Meanwhile, our northern border is heating up. The Nusra Front, Syria's branch of Al Qaida, has now allied and is on the way to merging with ISIS. The Nusra controls our northen border, having captured Quneitra and Tel el Hara in the Syrian side of the Golan.
With ISIS and its affiliates on our northern and southern borders, isn't it time for a bit of personal and national self-assessment? Let's not ignore this wake-up call from Hashem; with the best alarm clocks, subsequent wake-up calls only get louder.