Today in History, May 1: 1943: The first of four trains carrying nearly 11,000 Jews arrive at Auschwitz from Salonika, Greece. This would mark the next step in the end of this ancient Jewish community that lives on in their unique music including that which is used in chanting Psalm 118.
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11-16-12

Israel Seals Off Main Roads Around Gaza

Israel on Friday evening sealed off all the main roads around Gaza, declaring them to be a closed military zone amid increasing signs that Israel is readying for a ground offensive.

Israel on Friday evening sealed off all the main roads around Gaza, declaring them to be a closed military zone amid increasing signs that Israel is readying for a ground offensive.

"There is a closed military zone in the area," a military spokesman told AFP, saying that road 232, route 10 and part of road 4 had been sealed off to all non-military traffic.

"These are the main routes around the Gaza Strip and they have been closed to traffic," he confirmed.

UPDATE: Israeli radio reports that alarms in Be'er Sheva and Ashdod have continued with high frequency into Friday evening Israel time.

via israelnn.com

Soul Food, May 1

"Thy fingers make early flowers of all things.
Thy hair mostly the hours love.
A silence that sings, saying
Though life be but a day,
We will go a-Maying."
-E.E. Cummings