Did you shed a tear for the soldiers who made a wrong turn and were lynched to death in Ramallah? Did you feel it when you saw the images of the destruction of Joseph's Tomb? Did you hear the cries of the brave man who died trying to save the Torah scrolls there?
Did you feel it when you heard the piercing crack of a sniper's bullet hit a baby's head? Did you cover your ears when you heard the desperate cry of the mourning parents?
Did you feel it when Sbarro's Pizzeria blew up in the center of Jerusalem, killing 15, including 7 children, and wounding 130?
Do you remember the 20 teenagers who were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself outside a disco near Tel Aviv's Dolphinarium along the seafront promenade? What about the cafe houses in Tel Aviv? What about the ones in Jerusalem? Was it the suicide bombing that took place outside a grocery store that killed a grandmother and her grandchild? Perhaps the suicide bomber who blew himself up outside a medical center?
Did you feel it when you heard about the suicide bombing in Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda street which was followed by a car bombing a couple of minutes later to maximize the death toll and to disrupt the emergency services provided? Did you feel anything then?
Did you feel it when you saw the pictures of Matan, 5, and Noam, 4, who were gunned down in their tranquil kibbutz home while their mother, Revital Ohayon read them a bedtime story?
Did you hold your feelings back when you heard about the ambush and killing spree that took the lives of the security personnel who were protecting those walking home from Sabbath prayers at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron? Did you feel their pain? Can you fathom it?
Do you remember the bombs planted in the cars of two Yehud residents exploding in the town center -- one of them outside a kindergarten? Can you imagine the trauma caused to the little children? What if those were your kids? Can you imagine if the bomb had inflicted the damage that was intended?
Do you remember little Yehuda Shoham, a five-month-old infant brutally murdered by a rock thrown through the front passenger window of his parents' car by Palestinians hiding at the roadside?
Do you remember the assassination of Tourism Minister Rechavam Ze'evi outside his room at the Jerusalem Hyatt Hotel?
Do you remember Sima Franko, 24, a kindergarten teacher, who was killed in a shooting attack when a minibus transporting teachers to a regional school was attacked by Palestinian terrorists? Do you want to explain to her students where their teacher is?
Did you feel it when you saw the pictures of the Passover Massacre at the packed dining hall of Netanya's Park Hotel? 29 people were killed and 140 wounded. Hamas proudly claimed responsibility for the attack.
Do you remember the 11 people brutally murdered on a Saturday evening while gathered for a bar mitzvah celebration? The terrorist detonated the bomb next to a group of women waiting with their baby carriages for their husbands to leave the nearby synagogue.
Did you feel it when the bomb exploded at Hebrew University cafeteria which was full of students of various races, religions and nationalities? Has the shock worn off for the bereaved families? Has it worn off for you?
How many buses have been blown up in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa? How many children have been killed? How many soldiers? How many Israeli citizens? How many parents, grandparents, friends, babies?
Does it make you cry to hear the number of dead? What about those that are maimed for life, emotionally and physically? What would you say? What could you say?
What would you say to the Palestinians? Does it make you sick inside seeing the video of the proud suicide bomber declare his happiness for his decision to kill as many people as possible by wantonly blowing himself up? What about the image of his proud mother smiling over the image of her dead son?
Do you remember the public exhibit at a Palestinian University in honor of the massacre that took place at the Sbarro Pizzeria?
The pain is beyond comprehension. But we cannot forget.
Do you remember seeing the images of the celebrations that followed the bombings and the Twin Tower attack?
Do you remember Ruth Peled, of Herzliya and her infant granddaughter Sinai Keinan, aged 14 months? They were slaughtered when a suicide bomber detonated himself near an ice cream parlor outside a shopping mall in Petah Tikva. 37 people were injured. The Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades proudly claimed responsibility for the attack.
Do you remember the suicide bomber detonating a powerful charge in a crowded game club in Rishon Lezion? 15 people were killed and 55 wounded as part of the building collapsed as a result of the explosion.
Did you feel it when Koby Mandell, Z"L and his friend Yossi Ish-Ran,Z"L were murdered by terrorists who took rocks and bashed in their skulls, then smeared the boys' blood all over the walls of a cave where the bodies were later found?
Israel needs you to open your eyes and your heart. Do you see what is happening? Israel is bleeding. It is not enough to know it. Feel it. Take it in. And do something about it.
While Fatah, Islamic Jihad, Hamas and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade proudly claim responsibility for attack after attack on innocent people, is your life essentially the same? Do you eventually carry on with life as if nothing happened?
We cannot close our eyes to the propaganda, incitement and terror that is going on. We cannot ignore the orphans, the children left without fathers and mothers, the mothers left without sons. The pain is beyond comprehension. But we cannot forget. 690 people have been killed by Palestinian violence and terrorism since September 2000. We have to act now.
Here are some things you can do:
1.Pray for peace. If you pray from the heart, and with intent, imagine the difference you can make. Your Creator hears your prayers.
2. If you have friends of family living in Israel, show them that you care. Call them up, or write them a letter.
3. The existence of Israel depends on two things: a strong army and Torah learning. Learn some additional Torah every week and/or support someone who learns Torah.
4. Send a letter to your legislators. Thank them for their support of Israel and urge them to work to stop the victimization of Israel. Find your legislators’ email addresses at http://www.vote-smart.org/ or http://www.congress.org. Write an email to the President at email@example.com
5. Make a donation. Contribute to the country’s emergency services.
6.Support Israeli business - buy Israeli products. Go to http://www.aidisrael.com to find out how.
7. Be an activist. Alert the media about propaganda and lies. Learn the facts so you are empowered to make a difference and educate others. Remember: knowledge is power!
Go to http://www.israelactivism.com/ to find out how.
8. Write a letter to your local newspaper in support of Israel. Call up your local radio station, and remind listeners that Israel has been dedicated to peace since it came into being, whilst its Arab neighbors have fought and continue to fight for its destruction.
Go to http://www.honestreporting.com to find out more.
9. Visit Israel – show Israelis that they are not alone. If every Jew visited Israel once a year, imagine the impact! For great ideas on how to plan your trip, see: http://www.goisrael.com/
10. Write a letter of support to an Israeli soldier:
Mail to Letter to Soldier, POB 92, Jerusalem 91000, Israel, fax to 972-2-621-6133/6214
11. Reach out to your fellow Jews.
If everyone would take on just one of these actions, imagine the difference it would make.