Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Summer Opera: Pieta

The bodies of a mother and child were uncovered Tuesday in Beirut after an Israeli airstrike hit a building.

Photo credit: (c) Joao Silva 2006 for the New York Times. With thanks.


"A humanitarian crisis deepened across Lebanon on Tuesday as fighting continued to rage between Israeli soldiers and Hezbollah guerrillas along the border, amid indications that Israel was preparing for a major escalation.

Workers freed a 16-year-old trapped for several hours under the rubble of a collapsed building in Ghaziyeh, Lebanon.

In Tyre, the besieged major city in the south, leaflets fluttered down warning that any car on the roads south of the Litani River could be hit.

“Every vehicle, whatever its nature, which travels south of the Litani will be bombed on suspicion of transporting rockets and arms for the terrorists,” said the leaflets, addressed to the people of Lebanon and signed “State of Israel.”

The United Nations, as well as the Red Cross and other aid groups, said they were unable to move convoys to the villages around Tyre to deliver supplies or even dig out bodies buried under rubble.

In Israel, where public and political pressure is mounting over the stalled campaign, after four weeks of conflict, Defense Minister Amir Peretz said he had ordered contingency plans for a bigger ground offensive when the Security Cabinet meets on Wednesday to consider widening the war." ...

John Kifner "Violence: Aid Crisis Worsens as Israel Pounds Southern Lebanon" New York Times August 9, 2006



Yeetgadal v' yeetkadash sh'mey rabbah
May His great Name grow exalted and sanctified

B'almah dee v'rah kheer'utey
in the world that He created as He willed.

v' yamleekh malkhutei,b'chahyeykhohn, uv' yohmeykhohn,
May He give reign to His kingship in your lifetimes and in your days,

uv'chahyei d'chohl beyt yisrael,
and in the lifetimes of the entire Family of Israel,

ba'agalah u'veez'man kareev
swiftly and soon.

Y'hey sh'met rabbah m'varach l'alam u'l'almey almahyah.
May His great Name be blessed forever and ever.

Yeet'barakh, v' yeesh'tabach, v' yeetpa'ar, v' yeetrohmam, v' yeet'nasei,
Blessed, praised, glorified, exalted, extolled,

v' yeet'hadar, v' yeet'aleh, v' yeet'halal sh'mey d'kudshah b'reekh hoo
mighty, upraised, and lauded be the Name of the Holy One, Blessed is He

L'eylah meen kohl beerkhatah v'sheeratah,
beyond any blessing and song,

toosh'b'chatah v'nechematah, da'ameeran b'al'mah
praise and consolation that are uttered in the world.

Y'hei shlamah rabbah meen sh'mahyah,v'chahyeem
May there be abundant peace from Heaven, and life

aleynu v'al kohl yisrael
upon us and upon all Israel.

Oseh shalom beem'roh'mahv, hoo ya'aseh shalom,
He Who makes peace in His heights, may He make peace,

aleynu v'al kohl yisrael
upon us and upon all Israel.


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