Wednesday, July 12, 2006

16 Tammuz 5766 * 12 July 2006: International Town Criers Day

Greetings.

According to my usual sources (see under Recommended Reading in the sidebar), Hizbullah has attacked Israel (including some kidnappings), and in response Israel has effectively declared war on Lebanon. (HashShem, save us!) I am really not in a mood for weird things at the moment. The timing is at least appropriate. Tomorrow is the 17th of Tammuz, a fast day beginning the Three Weeks, a period of mourning for the destruction of both Temples and multiple disasters throughout Jewish history, culminating in the 9th of ’Av. There will be no weird things tomorrow or on the 9th of ’Av, and in between expect few, if any. Please pray for the State of Israel and the Israeli Defense Forces, and that the politicians do not make a worse mess of the situation than they already have. If you can think of anything practical to do to ameliorate the situation, please do it. Thank you.

Aaron
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