Where I Was on 9/11
I don't know if anyone cares, but everyone seems to be asking the question, so I'll tell you where I was on 9/11.
I had just finished Shaharit at my local synagogue when I got into my car to drive to work and turned on our local news radio station 780 AM WBBM, and they were discussing a breaking news story out of New York that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center building. They were not sure if it was deliberate or an accident. A few minutes later they said that they have unconfirmed reports of a second plane hitting the second tower. I'm saying to myself that this is no accident. I specifically remember thinking to myself that this was some Tom Clancy novel coming true.
Anyways, I get to work, and no one can really concentrate on work - they're all talking about what happened in New York. It was so shocking that the company put up a TV screen in the largest conference room so people can see the live news coverage. It seemed like half the office was in that room watching. It was there that I and a bunch of others saw the first tower collapse. Later, we saw the second tower collapse. Both produced gasps and "Oh my G-d!" reactions from the viewers in the room. In retrospect, I should have said Tehillim, but I was shocked out of disbelief - I couldn't believe what I was seeing. ולא יכלו אחיו לענות אתו כי נבהלו מפניו.
May Hashem avenge the blood of all who perished that day. It took almost 10 years to get Osama. The rest will get their due too. If not in this world, the next, but hopefully both. And may we soon see the day that Yishmael will fall, which the Baal Haturim says at the end of Parshat Hayei Sarah says will immediately be followed by Mashiah's arrival. Amen.