This picture was taken on August 16, 2005, the day after the 9th of Av. It shows IDF soldiers helping residents of the community Nissanit pack their belongings. Tenderly, they collected the holy books of the synagogue that was later burned down to the ground. Sweetly they piled the 300 families, some of whom had lived there since 1984, onto the waiting buses. Lovingly they destroyed the lives of more than a thousand people.
Get ready for some more of that outpouring of brotherly (and sisterly) love soon enough. Watch as they clear our homes carefully for the torching, line us up supportively for the hanging. Such wonderful brothers and sisters we have.
Such love, such care, had to have been invented by the devil himself.
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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