Something’s cooking – and I don’t mean the preparations for the Seder night.
Wednesday morning there was a series of tests of the air raid signals in many places in Israel, including our yishuv. The siren went up and down, signalling that it was a test and not a real warning of incoming bombs. What was very strange is that there was no advance warning of this test.
Usually these things are publicized well in advance in order to calm people’s fears. This time it just went off. I was in a store buying some housewares for Passover, and the storeowner and I just looked at each other at first – not knowing what to say. He then told me that his son was in miluim (reserve duty) and they were also practicing for imminent bombing. “We’re going after Iran finally – probably after Pesach” he said. He then suggested that I buy twice as much matza as usual this year. “Matza doesn’t go bad, you can put it into your mamad (safe room) and it will last”.
Personally, I can’t stand to look at matza after a week of eating it – so I wasn’t thrilled with this idea. He did have a point though. After Pesach I will put a few bottles of water and some canned goods in our mamad just in case.