I also see this as a good move:
“An IDF force lying in ambush shot dead an Arab terrorist who was preparing to throw rocks at Israeli cars traveling on Road 60, north of Jerusalem. The incident took place near Givat Asaf, in the Binyamin region, on Monday evening.”
The ambush was set up after a growing number of rock attacks had put civilians and soldiers at risk. These rocks – sometimes boulders and chunks of concrete – maim and kill, and for too long, the risk they pose was not addressed seriously enough. Talk about deterrence: if rock throwers know they might get shot, they are likely to think twice.
Now, to end this posting I return to where I began, with Purim. For all the warnings it teaches, for all the import of its messages, at the end of the day, Purim is a time for silliness and laughter and celebrating.
And so, in that spirit, I share two silly (non-traditional but very pleasing) videos.
Ya’alili communicates joy and lightheartedness:
And the Maccabeats express Jewish pride at Purim time. The Queen Esther in this video is very lovely:
And so, Purim Sameach!