Thursday, September 22, 2011
Taking for Granted
Just saw a video clip that describes how Jews smuggled shofars into the Western Wall area, pre-1947, in order to be able to blow them at the end of Yom Kippur, contrary to the laws of the ruling British. The British didn't want to anger the Muslims who saw shofar-blowing as a "provocation." They wanted to appease the Arabs and, in doing so, basically stripped the Jews of all rights. Jews end Yom Kippur by blowing the shofar, but under the British, this was forbidden. The British used to post guards at the Kotel to ensure that no one blew a shofer and the Jewish Underground responded by smuggling shofars into the area and finding volunteers who were willing to risk arrest by blowing the shofar. How much do we take for granted in our lives! Found some amazing videos about Operation Solomon .