Last night I heard a lecture by Rabbi Yigal Kaminetzky at Machon Meir. Rabbi Kaminetzky was the regional Rabbi of the Gaza Strip. The lecture was fascinating and inspiring. It was hard to believe that the confident and commanding speaker was a man who was just forcefully expelled from his home in Neve Dekalim and is now living in a hotel room.
Rabbi Kaminetzky told those who had filled the study hall in Machon Meir about the special place that was Gush Katif. The Gush was a place of miracles: A place where nothing grew prior to 1967 became a world reknowned leader in agriculture. The remarkably low casualty rate in the face of over 5000 mortars and rockets was also a miracle.
Gush Katif was also a place of Torah and Chessed. A place full of Yeshivot and Kollelim. A place where the farmers would send part of their produce to charitable organizations all over the country. The Gush was a tight-knit community, where 70% of the population had come from development towns.
This post does not do justice to the lecture. If you get a chance to hear Rabbi Kaminetzky speak, please go and hear him. You will be inspired.