Prepared for the Worst, Hoping for the Best

The IDF and police here in Israel are prepared for the worst, but hoping for the best. Here in our yishuv it is the same story.

There is a group in every yishuv called “tzevet tzachi” – which is an acronym which translates to “community emergency team”. This team is made up of the rabbi of the community, medical professionals, social workers, educators and an official spokesman. In contrast to the security team of the community, which takes care of the immediate security needs, this group is in place to help the family and community cope if G-d forbid there is a tragedy in one of the families of the yishuv (not necessarily a terrorist attack).

This group recently sent out a letter with an introduction to the new members who just moved to our area, which included the names of each person on this team and their phone numbers. The letter also gave a short explanation about their preparations for the coming weeks. Basically they noted that the IDF does not know if the events at the UN will spark a few minor protests, or widespread chaos, but they are prepared for any eventuality.

In the meantime, we are going about our lives as usual, getting ready for the upcoming Rosh HaShana holiday, with a cocked ear at the radio to hear the latest news.

In other words, normal life in Israel.

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