A great one for us seniors
The latest from the Voice Of America:
“Organizers of an international flotilla are accusing Israel of sabotaging a second ship that they planned to include in a mission to break an Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.
The organizers said Thursday they had discovered damage to the engine of the Irish boat Saoirse in the Turkish port of Gocek, where it had been berthed for the past few weeks.
They called the damage an act of sabotage committed by professional divers and blamed it on Israel, which has warned it will not allow the flotilla to breach the Gaza blockade.
An Israeli foreign ministry official ridiculed the allegations, telling a Swedish news agency that they sound like a plot from a James Bond movie.
The organizers said the Irish boat could have sunk, resulting in fatalities, if it had gone to sea with a damaged engine. On Monday, they reported similar damage to the Swedish ship Juliano at the Greek port of Piraeus and also blamed it on Israeli sabotage.”
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D’var Torah (not mine)
When the entire assembly saw that Aharon had perished, they wept for Aharon thirty days, the entire House of Israel. (Bamidbar 20:29)
Aharon was mourned by everyone, men, women, children, young and old. He was even mourned more than Moshe was. This is because he brought peace between people and he wasn’t involved in disciplining them. (Rashi/Yalkut) The Eshes Chayil prayer mentions the Torah of Chesed (Eshet Chayil) “תורת חסד על לשונה.”. There was often dispute and divisiveness during the 40 years in the desert. Two places where it says the nation did something together was when they received the Torah and when they mourned Aharon. That is because the Torah is one of chesed and Aharon personified the trait of chesed. Hillel summed up the Torah as not doing anything to anyone else that would be hurtful to yourself. Rabbi Akivah said that loving your neighbor as thyself is a major rule in the Torah. Because Aharon was a paragon of peace and looked for ways to appease people’s anger and bring harmony between them, which is the epitome of Ahavas Yisrael, he merited to bring the entire nation together in mourning for him. He who is loved by man, is loved by God (Pirkei Avos 3:13). Doing chesed brings peace and unity. Being a man or woman of chesed earns God’s love because it is like teaching the entire Torah.
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