The following story comes from Lazerbeams, and in Rabbi Brody's special way, it comes to teach us a very timely lesson:
"Iron Dome" of the First Holy Temple
There's an amazing parallel between the Iron Dome missile-defense system and the Three Weeks, particularly Nebuchadnezzar's three-year siege of Jerusalem that led up to the destruction of our First Holy Temple exactly 2600 years ago.
The Ahavat Shalom in Parshat Devarim tells the story of a valiant Hebrew soldier and hero, Avuka ben Gvirta.
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, thought that his siege of Jerusalem would last for a few short weeks at most, before he would succeed in destroying Jerusalem and the Holy Temple. Yet, one valiant Hebrew warrior help the Babylonians at bay for three years. His name was Avuka ben Gvirta, and he was every bit as mighty as Samson. He would stand on the walls of Jerusalem and catch the "Babylonian bombs", the giant rocks that the Babylonians would catapult into Jerusalem. With his bare hands, the mighty Avuka would catch the rocks and throw them back at the Babylonian soldiers, killing and wounding many of them. In effect, ...
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