There's an old Jewish Jewish custom to have a remembrance in your home of the destruction of the Jewish Temple 2000 years ago -- and many have a 1.5 foot x 1.5 foot unpainted square as a reminder. No Jewish home should be "complete" as long our national and religious aspirations haven't been fully realized.
During this past summer's disengagement, we helped out some friends from Neve Dekalim, and packed up their home after they had been "officially" thrown out of it. In less than 12 hours, we took their entire home of 16 years and packed it into boxes. We took apart all their closets, bookcases, and wrapped their breakfront, dining room table and chairs in plastic.
The hardest part was taking down the mezuzot off the door frames, and tearing kriya before leaving.
That was this past summer.
Our friends visited us this past shabbat and noticed an addition to the unpainted remembrance in our home -- a small snippet of an anti-disengagement orange ribbon nailed into the unpainted space on the wall.
And on the nail are the keys to their front door, from their home in Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif.
We try not to forget.
Here's a posting I found tonight on another blog as well.
Politics aside, elections aside, it is inconceivable that seven months after the disengagement, these people are still being treated with such malice by the Israeli government.
Elections are coming up in less than 58 hours, and its still not clear who to vote for. Never before has it been so difficult to decide on who to vote for, who not to vote for, and what is the best possible outcome of the election.
Our guests and I decided that regardless of the outcome of the election there is still a tremendous amount of work to do and the challenges that await us are daunting.
Hopefully tomorrow I'll blog my answer of who to vote for.
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael