This week around our Shabbat table we discussed the chaos and anger in the streets throughout the country and the talk of civil war. Then we heard news that Russia is offering Iran S-400 missile systems, which would create a virtual wall of defense against any preemptive attack by Israel on their nuclear weapons.
That’s pretty common fare for kitchen talk among our people. Our history has taught us to live on the brink of extinction, probably going back to the day we stood in front of the Red Sea with Pharoah’s armies breathing down our necks. In modern Israel too after fighting five regional wars in our short 75 years of statehood and suffering uncountable bloody terror attacks by our closest neighbors, our collective memory as a people enduring the ages plays a crucial role in keeping us optimistic so we can continue celebrating Shabbat, lighting the hopeful candles, drinking the...
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