By Shmuel Binder.
Natalie Sopinsky is a former member of the Orthodox community of Rhawnhurst who now serves as American Spokesperson for Hatzalah of Yehuda and Shomron.
Her life and that of her neighbors has been turned upside down by the war raging just an hour and a half from her home.
Listen as she takes us through a first hand account of a mother making the horrific discovery of the tragedies that occurred, the deepening realization of the gravity of the situation and sending her sons off to war on Simchas Torah.
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0:00-0:54 Introduction. From Rhawnhurst to Yehuda and Shomron
0:55-2:45 “Mom, I have to go to the base.” Her initial discovery Shabbos and Simchas Torah morning that there was a “military operation.”
2:46-4:40 Gettting one son to the base, the realization of war and confusion of all this happening on Simchas Torah.
4:41-6:09 Speaking to her sons for the last time before they went in to the active zone. And communications from the front line.
6:10-8:15 Natalie’s work as Enligsh speaking spokesperson of Hatzalah of Yehuda and Shomron, an entirely self funded organization on the front lines of everything.
8:15-9:12 Do you have enough medical and logistical supplies? Additional infiltrations of the yishuv. (Yes there were!).
9:12-10:33 The eerie silence of a yishuv with no men, and no order of life. Handling young children amid this crisis.
10:34-11:07 Do you even know where your sons are now and what they are doing? You soldeirs lives now changed forever.
11:08-11:45 Mommy are they coming home for Shabbat?
11:45-13:15 When will life return to normal? Chesed for families without fathers. Chesed for soldiers. Chesed with no parnasa.
13:15-16:00 Do you have enough food? No Government food rations.
16:00-17:55 What else do we need to tell people about the situation now? Pray for us. Donate to any organization that is helping here. Get the word out in the media.