Words of the Week: Tova Kramer

As Jews we keep running. Step by step – one step at a time. Up hills, down hills, through life, through the ages – we don’t give up. That is why we are still here. We run for and with each other, we stop and rest with each other and we help each other get up and continue running. We do it together. Step by step- one step at a time.

Source: Tova Kramer, “The Jerusalem Marathon 2024: Running Through Our Tears” (The Times of Israel)

Jewish Literary Links

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Image by Yedidia Klein from Pixabay

Toward the end of each week, the My Machberet blog presents a collection of links, drawn primarily from the world of Jewish books. This week, more than 150 days after October 7 and on the eve of International Women’s Day, I’m amplifying five Substacks authored by Jewish women writers—four of them writing from Israel—for others’ consideration.

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Words of the Week: Model Language for Wartime Reporting

Having observed this language, more than once, in reporting from The Times of Israel, I share it here as a model for how such statistics should be presented.

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza says over XXX people have been killed in the fighting, though these figures cannot be independently verified, and are believed to include both civilians and Hamas members killed in Gaza, including as a consequence of terror groups’ own rocket misfires. The IDF says it has killed over XXX operatives in Gaza, in addition to some 1,000 terrorists inside Israel on October 7.

I wish that that Hamas would surrender this minute. That they would return the remaining hostages (including, as awful as this sounds, the bodies of the dead). No more people would die.