This afternoon, I took a break both from medieval Ashkenaz (the book is coming along nicely, though) and the depressing present (the papers reported a 28% rise in the use of anti-depressants among all Israelis). I spent an hour listening to a shiur delivered by R. Meir Lichtenstein, in memory of his grandfather מורי ורבי Rav Soloveitchik זצ"ל on the topic of The land of Israel and the State of Israel in light of the Rav's teachings. The shiur was delivered as part of YU in Israel's annual 'Torah in the After Noon,' last Yom Yerushalayim.
His message is one that I endorse fully. His unself-conscious passion is inspiring.
A treat for Erev Shabbos, especially Erev Shabbos Parshas Korach.