“Who would have thought that the killer would be a Jew? Even with all the demonstrations, it never entered our minds.”
Source: Leah Rabin, quoted in a profile written by Lisa Barr, reprinted this week by JTA.
“It is the job of those who care for Israel to understand what it means to us: a political entity torn up by its own internal contradictions and let down by its leaders; a vulnerable state surrounded by enemies and buffeted by religious fanaticism; or merely a home for Jews, young and old, for whom a bus ride to school or a walk to the market should not be a life or death proposition.”
Source: Andrew Silow-Carroll, “Zionist Whiplash” (New Jersey Jewish News)
Stabbings have no siren so we don’t know when to run.
There are no cute little songs for my kids to learn in preschool and sing before they go to sleep each night, before they say the Sh’ma.
Stabbings can happen anywhere at any time.
Stabbings can happen in a park on a quiet bench. They can happen in the market, with soldiers standing just a few steps away. They can happen in front of a school or in a synagogue or on the street.
Everyone is on edge right now — most of us feel that prickle of fear just below the neck or deep in our stomachs — because when these attacks are random, everyone is a potential target.
Source: Sarah Tuttle-Singer, “There Are No Sirens Before a Stabbing” (Times of Israel)
See also: the latest “Sunday Sentence” on my other blog, Practicing Writing.
May it be a Shabbat Shalom for all.