October 20, 2023 Shabbat Message
October 23, 2023 by
Dear MILTON Families,
Being an overly early riser – a ‘gift’ that has come with my current role – does have one upside. 5:30am here is midday in Israel. Kids are still in school there and I can sometimes reach one of my dear friends for a check-in during a quieter time of their day and before my house wakes up and the school day begins. While I don’t always reach them, it’s part of my morning routine and ritual to call to check in. I know many of our staff members and families likewise use the pre-dawn hours to bridge the time difference and, of course, these check-ins have taken on even more urgency in recent weeks.
This morning, I spoke with a friend in Jerusalem as she was preparing for Shabbat. She reflected that while last Shabbat felt like a small exhale, she was holding her breath again for this one. They are digging in for the long haul. With so many hostages still captive, reservists called up (and therefore much of their world closed), and school happening only in fits and starts, life is truly on hold.