Update 23 (February 14, 2024, 12:00)

          Today there has been an escalation in the bombardment coming from Lebanon. Hezbollah’s shelling from Lebanon has increased on civilian and military camps. This  is not new thing for us; we have been living with these bombings and shelling for more than 120 days.

          Sadly though today there is one woman killed and eight wounded, some of them very seriously, in the area of the town of Tzafat (Tzafat is not that close to the Lebanese border) – Hezbollah is now using long-range, very accurate missiles made in Iran.

          The hard fighting is yet to come; it’s on a different level to the fighting in Gaza (although the fighting in Gaza is also getting harder and harder to avoid harming children, women and innocent civilians).

          This war in the north is a strategic religious war led by Iran. For it is Iran that directs Hezbollah, Hamas and the “Houthi” forces in Yemen.

          This war is not only against Jews, but also against Christians, worldwide.

We citizens of Israel have been asked to prepare ourselves for a few days without electricity, and therefore we must prepare batteries and flashlights, water bottles, non-electric heaters, dry food and cash (perhaps the banks and all computer equipment will be affected).

          For us, this means that the war is becoming more and more serious and that we have to make extra preparations to be ready.

          After praying, we at Sabra, decided to increase the aid to the northern border areas, but also to prepare to help the settlements away from the border.

          We who have faith in the God of Israel are not in despair, nor do our hands fall. “We are not afraid”, for the Creator who promises will do His work. We are moving through a process of refining into the future and the verse “… Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it  …” (Jeremiah 30:7), will be fulfilled,

          We in Sabra know through our wonderful experience of Him that the Lord of the world speaks to every believer. Our brothers and sisters in faith around the world are and will continue to pray for us, to encourage us and to support us. We, the Sabra team, will continue praying and blessing them: “Blessed are you, O Lord, who promises and keeps; bless those who love and cheer for Israel, as you promised Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

(Genesis 12:3), “…I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and all the families of the earth shall bless themselves by you.” I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you, all  of the earth shall be blessed.” ““Together we will win”!

May the blessing of the Most High be upon you, your family and your congregation.

From the home of good deeds, and the land of Zion and the city of Jerusalem

Your brother in faith

Mordechai ben Yaakov


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