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Al Qaeda Threat & Elul

Al Qaeda Threat & Elul

When danger is everywhere, listen to the siren of the shofar.


American officials met Saturday to discuss the weekend closure of 22 US embassies and the severe travel warning issued to Americans abroad. The State Department has announced that the warning will remain in effect throughout August, and that this is the most serious threat that we have faced in years.

Unfortunately, there are no specifics about the threat except that in the past terrorists have targeted public transportation and tourist sites. The vagueness of this ominous threat is frightening. We don't know where or how or exactly who is planning to carry out the potential attack. The danger is everywhere.

It is like googling one symptom when you feel sick. You will get hundreds if not thousands of possible illnesses as a result of the search. It can take hours before you realize that you are back where you began: with a symptom and a fear that it can mean anything and everything. This is when most of us stop googling and make a doctor's appointment.

But what happens when there is nowhere to turn for answers? When there is a known threat with unknown parameters? When we can't google or predict or close down anymore embassies? Do we cancel our flights and trips? And what if the threat is closer still, like it was on September 11? What if the danger lies in walking into our own offices on a bright, summer day? We are all on alert. But for what?

This week the Jewish month of Elul begins, and we will hear the shofar each day. The cry of the shofar should stir us. It's a siren. A wake up call. There are threats to our souls, to our bodies, to our lives. The danger is everywhere, but most of the year our radar is off.

During Elul we hear the siren telling us to turn the radar back on. And suddenly we can hear a wailing in our hearts. So many warning signals we didn't pick up throughout the year, such disconnection from our Creator and ourselves that we don't know where to begin.

There are thousands of results for each symptom. But this is an opportune time to narrow down the search just by utilizing the power of this month's potential. The Hebrew letters of Elul are an acronym in Hebrew for: I am for my Beloved and my Beloved is for me. When the danger is everywhere, and we don't know where to turn, that is where we begin – with our connection to God. When we don't know how or where or who is attacking us, we listen to the shofar's ancient call telling us that this is the time to wake up. It beckons us to shut down our virtual searches and call out to the only One who can heal.

It warns us that the danger may be everywhere, but the Guardian of Israel is everywhere too. And perhaps this is His high alert message. It's Elul, and the shofar's cry is echoing throughout the world. Danger lurks everywhere; it's time to wake up.

August 3, 2013

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Visitor Comments: 6

(6) sharona, August 7, 2013 7:50 PM

our trust

In this month we read Tehillim Psalm 27 which mentions about that when our enemies are surrounding us, we trust in Hashem(G-d) to protect us

(5) Mary Jo, August 7, 2013 6:53 AM

Great Analogy!

Thank you for a great analogy - we are always in danger if we are not under the protection of the Almighty - Psalms 91 is the prayer we must pray daily and mean it - The Lord bless us and keep us all filling us with "The Wonders Of His Love"!

(4) Esther Shayna, August 5, 2013 5:10 AM

22 diplomatic posts shut

You state that 22 US embassies have been closed as a precautionary step. Since nothing is a 'coincidence', I can only suggest that we look to Tehillim 22 and the millenary anguish of the Jewish people as described in this Psalm. But the Tehillim ends with HaShem reminding us that we have been His and He has been ours, since our mothers' womb. It is reassuring that King David foresaw a time when panic would reign supreme to remind Israel to glorify and to praise Him...for He has not hidden His head and He has heard. And since HaShem in the past did hear our plea, He will surely hear us now.

(3) ruth housman, August 5, 2013 12:55 AM

I am for my beloved

Recently, the Star of David was visible in a planetary alignment and people around the world were wondering about the meaning of this. I didn't see this but I did read about this. I don't understand what's going on, and I think we all enter this arena of puzzlement and fear. All I can say is this, and that is, in the midst of all this, I am experiencing massive synchronicity, in every possible way, and I keep this record.

For me, it feels very strange, to be writing this, and yet, to read and know about the very bloody history of conflict in Israel, the Middle East and around the world, and to experience the news, of ongoing threats.

I have had to live in more than one world, moving from The Agony to the Ecstasy, and I realize how strange this might sound, but I know the record I keep is iron clad. So we can all do what we do, which is pursue goals of caring, support and love and yet be helpless, because fate/Divine Providence takes us places we cannot imagine going.

(2) yaya omini, August 4, 2013 8:19 PM

Let us contnue to pray for peace and love in our dailj meditation.Y B Omini Nigerian

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