For the last 25 hours, I have been off-line. I come back to a world that has, as it always does, continued along while I took my time with my family. We had a wonderful Shabbat. Last night, we ate at Amira's house and then walked through home through the neighborhood, greeting friends along the way.
Today, we went to the morning services with the families of the bride and groom from Thursday night and then had a great lunch with three of our children. Sleep, good food, quiet - what could be wrong...other than the knowledge that elsewhere in Israel, it was likely that friends in the south were under fire.
As soon as the Sabbath ended, a friend from the south posted the list of attacks. Starting Friday night at 7:04 p.m. - by then, I was already at my daughter's house, having lit candles and welcomed the Sabbath. Twenty-two separate attacks - sirens in many places each time.
Beer Sheva, Gilat, Sdot Negev, Nevatim 19:04:21
Beit Kama, Lahav,
Lehavim, Mishmar Hanegev 19:04:52
Nahal oz 19:32:23
Zikim, Karmia 21:05:34
Kfar aza 06:52:14
Kerem Shalom 07:02:21
Kerem Shalom 07:02:37
Nir oz 10:22:00
Nir oz 10:22:15
Yad Mordechai, Netiv Haasara
Yad Mordechai, Netiv Haasara 15:00:49
Magen, Eshkol Regional
Nahal oz 17:44:57
Nahal oz 17:45:13