With sadness we have watched this month as Israel burns. Homes, businesses, fields, houses of worship, apartment buildings, playgrounds, absorption centers, restaurants and so much more have burnt to the ground or been irreparably damaged in the 1,773 fires that burned through Israel from November 18 -26. To give you a greater scope of the damage, these fires have caused 30% more damage than the Carmel fires of 2010 which consumed more than 32,000 acres of the land of Israel.
I have this song playing on repeat in my mind – the Israeli song by Ehud Manor, Ein Li Eretz Acheret, its chorus:
I have no other country
Even if my land is aflame
Just a word in Hebrew
Pierces my veins and my soul –
With a painful body, with a hungry heart,
Here is my home.
And yet so many are without homes or far from their homes. Current estimates are that more than 100,000 have had to be evacuated from their homes as a result of the fires. Our hearts are pierced and we wish we could do more than offer thoughts and prayers. So as a synagogue community we will accept your donations to the Jewish National Fund to be forwarded to the firefighting efforts and to, God willing one day soon, the rebuilding efforts.
You may send checks to the synagogue so that we can take part in the mitzvah of saving life and building up the Land of Israel.