web analytics
December 27, 2014 / 5 Tevet, 5775
 
At a Glance
Blogs
Sponsored Post
8000 meals Celebrate Eight Days of Chanukah – With 8,000 Free Meals Daily to Israel’s Poor

Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.



Bringing Terror to Your Phone


red alert app

I just got a new phone…it’s a Smartphone, cheap and powerful enough to be fun. The first thing I did was go the App store and download a bunch of really fun (and free) applications. I downloaded one that I had heard about and briefly tried out a few months ago.

This time, it worked. It terrified me, froze me in place. What it does is broadcast live the “Color Red” announcements alerting an area to an incoming missile. I was sitting quietly at my desk when I heard a muffled, strange sound. I realized it was coming from my phone.

I picked up the phone and held it as I listened, “Tzeva Adom. Tzeva Adom. Tzeva Adom.” It took me a couple of seconds to realize it was the alert for an incoming missile. And sure enough, seconds later, it came through that a rocket had landed in an open field near Hof Ashkelon.

Why do you have that? My daughter asked me. It’s one of those strange things – the need to know in as close to real time what is happening to people in this country. If they are awakened in the middle of the night; startled in the middle of the day, what right do I have to live in quiet and calm?

No, my terror didn’t help anyone – and it wasn’t really “terror” because even as my mind grasped and translated the words, not for a moment did I think the missile was coming here.

It’s a strange feeling to known that a missile is flying towards your country and there is nothing you can do about it. You feel like there is something you should be doing but, of course, there is nothing.

The seconds pass; the missile lands; no injuries are confirmed…and left holding my phone. In southern Israel, tens of thousands of Israelis didn’t have the luxury of freezing, as I did. Their “Tzeva Adom. Tzeva Adom. Tzeva Adom. Tzeva Adom….” announcement meant they had to run to shelter with mere seconds making the difference between shelter and tragedy.

It’s a horrible application (and totally brilliant)…and I know that so long as there is an Israeli within rocket fire range, I won’t uninstall it because it is one of the most important apps in the Android world. There are frivolous ones, silly ones, helpful ones – this one is none of those.

It is an application that broadcasts those agonizing seconds, brings terror to your phone in a way few other things can.


Moments after posting my last blog entry – again, my phone rang. Again Color Red alert – second time today – incoming missile.

It was aimed at Ashkelon – shot down by our Iron Dome Missile Defense system.

I’m sitting here – not exactly afraid to go back to the kitchen and continue cooking…but hesitant. Yes, hesitant – that’s a good word. The sound of the phone calling out “Color Red…Color Red…Color Red…” over and over again is more than I can describe in words.

Visit A Soldier’s Mother.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

2 Responses to “Bringing Terror to Your Phone”

  1. May be a target alsoin future, to your area signal of population.Effective yes? G-d help us.

  2. If only more people could experience that sense of terror and urgency that the people living in those regions with the warnings must go through, there would be a bit more understanding towards the people who are under constant threat of violence.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Ayala Shapira, 11, is fighting for her life after suffering burn wounds when an Arab terrorist threw a Molotov cocktail at the car in which she was riding.
‘Slight Improvement’ in Life-threatening Condition of Firebomb Victim
Latest Blogs Stories
Stairway to success!

My stairs had been built, big and strong-BUT ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE APARTMENT!

HaTnua Party Meeting

Is his article satire? Or does Kai Bird really think Tzipi Livni heads a “center-right” party?

Shabbat Table

Much as I’d like to see the Jewish nation fully observant forcing Shabbat on people is NOT the way.

Loyalty seems to be a lost trait in Israeli politics, whether it’s to ideals, principles or parties.

Apartment hunting is kinda like dating: You go see anything that looks right on paper-and pray.

Latest headlines say that Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s Likud may only make third place if…

What are the roles of leadership and communication in running a “tight ship”?

Sabraman: Israel’s first superhero, combining the courage of the Sabra and the faith of Abraham.

Is Haredi open-ended learning on charity better than earning a living that would obviate that?

Hanuka is the miracle of emunah- belief in the L-rd of Israel and the light of our faith.

Limiting Jewish success and revival is that the anti-Jewish, anti-History Left rules here in Israel

The crisis in Jewish education is of existential importance. How should it be resolved?

BBC GUIDELINES ON TERRORISM: The word “terrorist” itself can be a barrier rather than an aid…

Discussion with entrepreneur William Heinecke on how he became a young, successful businessman

Did Cuba apologize for their spies the way Israel apologized for Pollard?

More Articles from Paula Stern
candles on tracks

I love that most of my kids don’t actually read this blog – it gives me a freedom.

KL Majdanek. Mglisty paŸdziernikowy poranek 2008

The smell may be gone, but the air remains poisoned by the hatred.

My son continues to move slowly towards the army while working to complete his final year in high school.

It’s a strange feeling to known that a missile is flying towards your country and there is nothing you can do about it.

I’ll start by explaining that in Israel, a common phrase is “yehiye b’seder” – it will be okay.

At one point the Dr. asked me if I was famous because of the blog…

There are ashes that remain in the ovens, ashes piled into a mountain in Maidanek.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/a-soldiers-mother/bringing-terror-to-your-phone/2014/02/07/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: