First Missile Raid Alarm in Beit Shemesh

My wife went to the grocery store this morning.  She left me with a sleeping baby while I worked on my marine aquaculture business plan.

Then I heard the siren. Not loud, but something that was clearly the air raid siren.  What do I do?

I walked into the baby room, which is in the bomb shelter. Do I stay here? Do I open the window (that has never been opened) and shut the metal doors? Or is that freaking out? Or are we under sudden attack? No, that doesn’t make sense.

Where do I get information? Checked jpost.com. Nothing. The Radio? In Hebrew? Siren continues.

Call my wife?  How long until we are in the ‘clear’? I listed for a sound. . . a boom (G-d forbid).

I really need to get my survival gear in order. Do I call my wife? . . . .

Siren stops. Phew!

Wow. This is real. It is no luxury being a Jewish End of Days blogger living in Israel. Edom v. Paras is very real.

And it was real for my children, who reported scenes from their school. Some teachers were unaware that this was a “test”.  They thought it was real and had no idea how to react. Some, allegedly, were seen crying in fear.

My daughters were not scared, but we all talked tonight, and the kids came to a realization that this is the real deal over here. That there could be “bombs”.  Baruch HaShem my wife and my children are being very brave about it. “And, DH, why did we move here again? :)”

Anyway, I am definitely getting to work on preparing my emergency plan and survival gear. I’ve been lazy  about it (heck, I haven’t even bought a car yet), just falling in tune with the Israelis.

But the truth is, to live here one must sort of just put the demons in the back of the mind, pray to HaShem for mercy, and do the right thing al pi Torah.  One must live as if there is a tomorrow not scarred by terrible war.

But the truth to the truth is to be honest, ready and brave.  And not to doubt for one second that the real intent of the evildoers is not to eradicate the “Zionist State”, but rather to destroy all of the Jewish people wherever they may live (G-d forbid).

HaShem should increase the miracles in teva as we approach the Holy Purim.

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9 Responses to First Missile Raid Alarm in Beit Shemesh

  1. G-d bless you, and all of Israel. The way I see it, you guys are at ground zero for ‘the light’- which should only grow and not be diminished. And I don’t think I’m alone on this viewpoint, the world needs you, be blessed.

  2. Leah says:

    Brachos and Hatzlachoh rabba.

  3. Devash says:

    Amen! We got our new gas masks awhile ago, but two nights ago, we finally got them out and unpacked and fitted to our respective heads. We practiced putting them on quickly a few times to get the feel of it and to be sure we got a good seal. Can’t leave these things until the last minute and like wearing seatbelts or helmets for safety, we have an obligation to do everything in our power to protect ourselves from the risks. Better to have and not need than to need and not have.

  4. Ben says:

    I can relate to your emotions – the same thing happened a while back here in Yerushalayim.

    “Survival gear” ? Doing Tshuva and having plenty of extra water around when the water no longer comes out of the tap.

    By the way, take a look at the sefer Ahavas Torah from Harav Menachem Menashe zt”l (one of the lamed vov tzadikim from the previous generation). In the haftoroh for Parshas Tzav he tells us that the Atom Bomb will not reach Eretz Yisroel.

    If you send me your email I’ll send you a copy.

  5. Naftules says:

    yeah i still get freaked out when i hear sirens, i got hit with a real reality shocker after 5 months after aliyah in israel, living in Tsfat during the 2nd Lebanon War. During that time the earth was shaking with the Sirens and had a pregnant wife to boot … had nightmares of running to shelters for months !!! still have em sometimes ….
    Even though leavin is not a real option , I DO NOT look forward to the next time im sittin in a shelter feelin the earth quake …. Hashem should help us all to keep clear heads in times of trauma !!!

  6. Baruch Hashem says:

    The sirens are very common in Israel. Don’t freak out. I wonder, how come, none of your friends in EY alert you about this? Because this is a common occurence. Unless the siren repeats itself over and over again, it’s just a drill, and it happens multiple times a year.

    Every summer, the IDF warns the country about imminent wars — they have been doing this for years!!!

    Get yourselves some very uncomfortable gas masks — they are VERY uncomfortable. I can’t breathe with it – in fact, I’ll probably suffocate by wearing it. IF you wear glasses, you cannot wear it with the gas mask – so, not only you’ll be blind, you’ll be breathless.
    Ha ha.

    It’s time for all of Yisrael to do teshuva! That is the only salvation that Hashem is looking for. He’s scaring the wits out of many JEws (I hope) with Haman next door. Things are very disorganized in EY – I think the most panic will happen among the non-Hebrew speaking olim in EY.

    T E S H U V A N O W !!!!

  7. Neshama says:

    This is the safest place on the planet, we don’t need gas masks.

  8. Michael says:

    You do not need gas masks.

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