Today begins a bittersweet anniversary period. Between today and the end of the month, my family commemorates a series of important occasions.
Today, for instance, would have been my paternal grandparents’ 68th wedding anniversary. And both my grandmothers were late-January babies, with their birthdays a week apart (I have many happy memories of joint birthday celebrations). Then, at month’s end, we will say Kaddish for my paternal grandmother, the grandparent my sister and I were lucky to have with us the longest (she died in 2002).
January is also a time to say Kaddish for a number of other loved ones: the great-grandmother for whom my sister is named; my mother’s beloved Aunt Syl; and my maternal grandfather.
All of them remain with us.
From Israel, Calev writes to a school friend and seeks “to try and explain the view from here. Because regardless of whether one agrees, it’s important to hear our narrative, our questions, our fears.”
The Forward addresses sad truths in “Numbering the Dead.”
The New York Times provides a pretty decent list of suggested reading to help strengthen one’s understanding of current events.
A friend sent me this image, which she received from a relative who lives in Israel. I tried to track down its creator, only to learn that it is indeed one of the “viral” images that is making the rounds (I suspect, however, that it is surely not showing up on the Listserv I recently quit), and that no one seems to know who created it.
I think it speaks for itself. May the conflict it reveals end swiftly, with safety for all the noncombatants and for Israel’s defenders.
I will be really, really happy when I no longer have to post these “special editions.”
In the meantime, here’s the latest:
Voices from Sderot provides insights into what life is like in that terrorized place along the Gaza border.
Thank you, Rabbi Marvin Hier, for expressing so clearly, cogently, and accurately how Israel faces “a double standard,” and why this is not only unfair but also deeply frightening, in the Wall Street Journal.
Yes, I know the New York Times believes it does a good job showing “balance” in its coverage on what’s happening in Gaza. But sometimes, it really doesn’t seem that way. So I’m grateful to see things evening out somewhat this week, with this article on Israelis’ support for their government’s action, by Ethan Bronner, and this op-ed, “Why Israel Can’t Make Peace with Hamas,” from Jeffrey Goldberg.
Hot on the heels of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards announcement, the Jewish Book Council has named the latest recipients of the National Jewish Book Awards. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!