I could not sleep last night

Editor’s Note: Eight months before the Oct 7, 2023 Hamas attack on Israel, our Pastor led a group of us on a tour of the Holy Land. One of the highlights was a Shabbat dinner with the family of Jodi Samuels, her husband, Gavin and their three children. Her demeaner in the following two brief essays regarding this tragedy is far different from the joyous lilt in the voice we experienced on that special evening. I pray for them and their compatriots for they are fighting for their existence.


By Jodi Samuels – May 23, 2024
I could not sleep last night. I watched the video that was released with HMS savages selecting which battered and beaten girls to rape while their dead friends were lying in the room!

I could not sleep last night as I imagined the trauma and abuse these beautiful, young women have endured. I wondered if they are alive? In tunnels? Still sane?

I could not sleep last night thinking about the nightmare their moms live every moment of every day not knowing the fate of their daughters for 230 days.

I could not sleep last night hearing the voices of rape deniers. I could not sleep last night knowing that people call themselves human beings and actually celebrate the barbaric rape of women and children while proudly filming themselves for social media. I could not sleep last night from the deathly silence of too many.

I could not sleep last night when countries are rewarding savage, satanic terrorists with a state. 81 percent of Gazans support Oct 7th and want it to happen again. I could not sleep hearing the protestors talk only about innocent Gazans.

I could not sleep last night thinking about countries like Australia which used to pride itself on multiculturalism having “No-go zones in Muslim neighborhoods”. How is it possible that so many places in Europe are a couple of election cycles away from living under Sharia law? I could not sleep last wondering how good people, Western countries, and democracies are allowing their neighborhoods, schools, and universities to be infested with radicalism and hate.

I could not sleep last night in a world gone mad. In a world where good is bad and bad is good.

I could not sleep last night thinking about how can we get the silent masses who can see wrong from right to take a stand, to use their voice.

I could not sleep last night in fear of the future, all our futures!


Jodi Samuels

It’s a sad day for Israel and all democracies.

Biden’s refusal to supply Israel with precision weapons and artillery to Israel is a reward for Hamas. It empowers every terror organization and weakens every democracy. He is so desperate to pander to his woke constituents and extreme members of his own party that he is defying Congress. He has morally failed his country and all Western civilization.

We have been here before. We have faced arms embargos. We have survived the Babylonians, the Persians, and the Romans. We will survive this too.

History often repeats itself. Especially with President Biden.

On June 22, 1982, Joe Biden was a Senator from Delaware and confronted then-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin during his Senate Foreign Relations Committee testimony, threatening to cut off aid to Israel. Begin forcefully responded, “Don’t threaten us with cutting off your aid. It will not work. I am not a Jew with trembling knees. I am a proud Jew with 3,700 years of civilized history. Nobody came to our aid when we were dying in the gas chambers and ovens. Nobody came to our aid when we were striving to create our country. We paid for it. We fought for it. We died for it. We will stand by our principles. We will defend them. And, when necessary, we will die for them again, with or without your aid.”

Shabbat Shalom and Am Yisrael Chai

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