The Federal Aviation Administration prohibited all U.S. airlines from flying to Israel for at least 24 hours.
Unexpectedly, less than 24 hours later, I stepped onto the plane that would take me from one home to another.
Scenes that I would only watch at home in Deerfield, on CNN, all of a sudden became a reality for me.
It seemed for a while as if wherever we had just previously been was under rocket attack.
The Israeli military agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to allow civilians in Gaza to resupply their households with basic necessities.