This last Shabbat, I was reading a book called "Healing Back Pain" by Dr. John E. Sarno (as suggested by quite a few of you readers) when my husband dropped a news paper on my lap and told me that I should look at a picture there. This is the photo:
This photo was taken at the funeral of Tommy Lapid, a personal friend of Olmert's. Lapid was a virulent religious Jew hater. He was also a holocaust survivor. I never figured that one out.
Tommy Lapid started a left wing political party called 'Shinui - 'change', whose raison d'etre was to oust (Jewish) religious parties from the Knesset. It is strange, in that even though it appears his son Yair Lapid (in photo, right of Olmert) was not wearing a kippah on his head, his family requested an orthodox Jewish funeral and the mourner's prayer, the Kaddish, was said for him.
My husband told me, "Look, Olmert is wearing a kippah and he's crying. He's still a Jew. Maybe instead of criticizing him so much, we should pray for him to do tshuva (repent)." He then left me with the paper and walked away.
This got me thinking, maybe indeed I should write something more positive and uplifting. And since my back still hurts me (I am off pain killers now and it's very hard for me to sit), I decided to post pictures of things I'd like to see. I invite you to add your own ideas below in the comments section. So, here goes...
Things I'd Like To See:
Our missing soldiers rescued/freed. We have more beautiful boys still missing such as Ron Arad, Guy Hever, Zecharya Baumel, Zvi Feldman and Yehuda Katz missing since June 1982. We'd like to see them home.
Ahavat Yisrael (love between brothers). We are all Jews and we need to love each other. Unfortunately, we see this happen usually when war breaks out, and then we see left and right get together, Ashkenaz and Sepharad get together, religious and not-yet religious get along together. May we see this as an everyday occurrence instead.
Our leaders do tshuva (repent). How nice it would be to be able to cheer & respect our leaders. (sigh) We really desire having a leader we can be proud of.
Our stolen Menora and other Temple articles returned to us (hidden in the Vatican?).
The Third Temple re-built here in today's Jerusalem!
All our land returned to us that is under Arab occupation in the north, east, and south.
The Leaders and nations of the world coming to Israel to pay tribute to Hashem!
That we could find the lost Ark and even get a peak inside it (without dying) to view the tablets of the Ten Commandments that Moses broke, and see what the Manna bread looked like. That would be so amazing!
To have Moshiach (The Messiah) come today! We really need to make intense prayers on this one. How wonderful it would be to finally get past the hate, immorality, and war mode we soon may be facing. It's time to remember we all come from the One G-d and that we are all connected to each other and that it makes no sense killing each other. When the knowledge of 'Hashem Echad U'Shmo Echad' enters the world and is understood by all, then we shall see a different world, an enlightened world, where we will (ISAIAH 2:4) "beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."
...And what would you like to see? C'mon, inspire or even humor your co-blog readers...