"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." -- John Stuart Mill
You'll forgive me if, for a short while, my thoughts and prayers are on one young soldier, his wife and baby-to-be (b'sha'ah tovah), and his comrades-in-arms.
May they be safe, successful, and victorious, in all their efforts on behalf of this holy People.
For excellent coverage of the Gaza War, the likes of which you won't find on CNN et al, please check out the efforts of my fellow bloggers, the writings of whom have been painstakingly gathered by Jack. They do a much better job than I can of reporting what is really happening over here, as well as including the best and the worst of the MSM. Some of my especial favorites are Jameel at the Muqata for reportage, A Soldier's Mother for a mom's perspective, Seraphic Secret for Old Country passion, and Treppenwitz for everything else, to include inspiring all of the rest of us.
Thank you to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Goldberger and the kehilla back in Baltimore for your prayers, phone calls, and inspiration. It is your concern that adds the spiritual fuel to the tanks and fire to the weapons.
May we hear b'sorot tovot.