Just look at this stunning picture!
My dear friend Tena sent this to me when she strolled along the magical coast of Moro Bay, California.
I wish I were there...
But, alas. I'm melting in the hot August sun, trying to convince my kids that they don't need to go on an excursion every single day. What a shame there aren't any long-term, organized day camps here like there are in the States. I gotta give 'em credit. Summer vacation is a whole lot easier in the States.
Maybe I'll convince Tena to let me ship my kids over to her for the next two weeks. I'm sure they'll have a blast! Her, not so much...
Sometimes I enjoy looking at gorgeous pictures like this one so I can disconnect for a few minutes from all the craziness in the world. I generally try to keep the craziness from the outside world barging into my inside world because it sure don't need more craziness.
Speaking of craziness, there are way too many crazies in the world. Too many. The idiot from the Charlottesville car ramming insanity just added himself to the list. A person's gotta be completely evil to do something like run into a bunch of people. I hope that he ends up in jail forever, or even better, suffers the same fate.
The entire town and country are demanding justice, as they should.
But isn't it ironic that when the exact same thing was happening to innocent people in Israel, the world wasn't screaming for justice?
Assuming every act of terrorism in Israel was reported, there was still NO world outcry for revenge against the terrorists. There was NO call to bring them to justice. There was NO public world statement that Israel would be supported if she decided to retaliate.
Instead, there was silence.
Indifferent, unsympathetic silence.
(Oh yeah, and repeated warnings by Obama saying that Israel had better not retaliate.)
Well, guess what.
Hashem is taking care of it. He's showing the world that we all must believe in the Jewish People's right to live on our land and the right to defend our land as we see fit.
Because if they don't, that means they also don't believe in the Torah. And it doesn't matter if they're Jewish or not. If they believe in the Torah, they believe it's a Divine gift for all mankind. If they believe in that, they likely believe in Hashem as well.
Since the world was silent, Hashem let them see what it feels like.
Supporting the Jewish People and our G-d given right to live here is what Hashem wants. And while the people of the world are working on that, they can also work on letting go of generations of unfounded hatred and intolerance. So many people hate each other simply because they're different.
Soon, all this hate isn't going to exist.
The question is - will we rid ourselves of it? Or will Hashem have to do it for us?