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How My Israeli Children Are Different from Me – guest post

July 25th, 2017 Posted by On Our Mind 1 comment

I love reading the blog posts of a woman who writes from Israel under the name “Jewish Mom.” She has given permission to repost what she wrote after the slaughter of the Salomon family at their home on Friday night. I have put an asterisk next to terms that may be unfamiliar to many of you and written a glossary at the bottom. I apologize if that makes the article more difficult to read, but I think it very worthwhile.

When I was growing up in Baltimore, I learned which neighborhoods were safe and which neighborhoods were dangerous. Which places I could go to, and which places I should carefully avoid.

And since I moved to Israel 24 years ago, I’ve been doing the same thing.

When I heard that 2 Israeli police officers had been shot to death and, later, there was rioting in and surrounding the Old City, I shook my head with concern and decided to nix the outing I had been planning to daven* this week at the Kotel*. When I heard that 3 members of the Solomon family celebrating the Shalom Zachar* of a newborn baby boy, were murdered by an Arab terrorist around the corner from my daughter’s high school in Neve Tsuf, I got more scared and started keeping our doors and windows locked at all times.

Looking out for Number One, just like when I was growing up.

But my kids and kids around Israel have been responding differently to the recent tragedies here…

Yesterday, my bat mitzvah girl’s summer camp cancelled their planned outing to the Jerusalem Forest and took all the girls to the Kotel instead.

Another daughter’s youth group decided to move the location of the scavenger hunt they had planned from downtown Jerusalem to the Old City.

And it’s not just my kids.

Yesterday, several high school girls approached me and my daughter when we were in a store and handed us a slip of paper they had prepared with a psalm, urging us to read it for the safety and security of Am Yisrael*.

Then this morning at the light-rail station, some elementary school girls handed me a toffee attached to a note that read, “The Race to a Million Blessings: Say a blessing over this toffee for the elevation of the souls of the Solomon family victims HY”D*.”

Seeing how my kids and their peers are reacting to current events has made me realize that when I get scared, I do what I did when I was growing up. I look out for Number One. I stay away from the Old City, I lock my doors, I nervously check out the Arab passengers standing beside me on the light rail (that man’s too old to pull out a knife, that woman’s with her baby, so there’s no way she’s about to start stabbing people with a pair of scissors.)

And these Israeli kids, in their own way, are also looking out of Number One. But their Number One, I’m realizing, is different than mine. For them, their Number One is Am Yisrael* and Eretz Yisrael*. The Jewish people and the Land of Israel. And praying for Hashem’s protection and mercy upon them.

A year and a half ago there was a terror attack next to the Old City’s Jaffa Gate, and the young father of a large family was brutally murdered while walking home from work. That Friday night, my then 15-year-old daughter informed me after candle-lighting that she and her friends were going to daven at a minyan* next to Jaffa Gate that night.

And I told her: “You can’t go to Jaffa Gate! There was just a terror attack there yesterday!”

“Eema*,” she responded slowly, as if speaking to someone who didn’t fully understand her language, “of course I know there was a terror attack there. That’s why we’re going there!”

I recently heard a French-born father of 11 Israeli children speaking about what it’s like moving to Israel. And this what he said:

“Moving to Israel is like climbing a very high mountain. You are climbing and climbing, you are breathing hard and sweating from the steep climb. And then you achieve the impossible–you reach the top. And when you get there, you sit down to catch your breath, and you turn around and find your children sitting there, at the peak.

‘How did you possibly make the climb up here? It was so steep and high and difficult!’ you ask them.

And your children answer you, ‘We didn’t have to climb at all. We were born here.’”

*Glossary:

daven: pray

Kotel: The Western Wall; The Wailing Wall

Shalom Zachar: a celebration that takes place the Friday night after a baby’s birth

HY”D: God will avenge their blood

Am Yisrael: the nation (people) of Israel

Eretz Yisrael: the land of Israel

minyan: a prayer group

Eema: Hebrew for Mommy

 

Adina’s Israel Story – Guest Musing

October 6th, 2016 Posted by Susan's Musings 10 comments

Adina is the daughter of one of my best friends and one of my daughter’s best friends.  My aunt and uncle and many of my cousins and friends live within a short distance of Adina and her family. This is her story.

We overslept this morning. Instead of our usual 6am wake up, my husband woke with a start at 6:50. I was nursing the baby while he got up to brush his teeth. Within minutes he returned, handing me his phone silently. “Terrorist apprehended in Zayit neighborhood of Efrat, one wounded, all residents told to stay indoors.” I handed his phone back to him and said, “oh.”

Oh.

Sometimes there is no response to the unthinkable. Sometimes there is no response to what is almost inevitable and yet we hope and pray so desperately to avoid.

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NY Bombings

September 18th, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind 1 comment

If one powerful  political party and most mainstream journalists are highly invested in the NYC bombings NOT being connected to Islamic terrorism or any leftist group, do we really think that information will be shared quickly and honestly?

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House of Shame – originally published Nov. 11, 2009

November 14th, 2010 Posted by Susan's Musings 2 comments

This blog from just over a year ago, wrote itself. I was enraged and sickened by the events described. I still feel that too little attention was paid to the outrageous behavior that took place. May God comfort the families of those killed or injured, may He keep our troops from harm, and may He make us deserving of their sacrifices.

 

Like many Americans, I have strong feelings about the proposed health care bill. For right now, that is irrelevant. I don’t care if you truly think this is a necessary and vital piece of legislation or if you think it will destroy the American economy and way of life. What matters is that the vote that occurred in the House of Representatives this past Saturday night is a badge of shame that is indelibly inked on the lapel of each and every politician who voted or curried votes for its passage.

Let’s review the occurrences of the week. On Thursday, a man who frequently and openly proclaimed his anti-Americanism killed over a dozen soldiers who were under the protection of Uncle Sam. He wounded dozens more. These soldiers’ commander-in-chief made a perfunctory statement for the press and immediately moved on to his priority, health care. He could have insisted that his place this weekend was at the side of his wounded troops. He didn’t. He could have refused to discuss legislation while the bodies of those that were under his command lay unburied. He didn’t. As the head of the Democratic Party he could have questioned whether the Executive and Legislative branches which his party control bear some responsibility for this terrorist act, perhaps by not recognizing that someone who kills in the name of Allah is a terrorist even if they are not under direct orders from a recognized enemy. There could have been some hesitation, some acknowledgment that this wasn’t a natural catastrophe but one which calls for action if it is not to be duplicated.

Democrats bristle when their patriotism is called into question. There was an opportunity this Saturday to make a principled stand. In the entire House of Representatives where was the patriotic politician who called a press conference and refused to vote for a bill – despite the fact that he or she supported it – because the timing was unseemly? And yes, the onus was on those who supported the bill since it was at their insistence that the vote was called for this weekend.

Instead of sacred honor, they opted for shameful hubris; instead of principled patriotism, they chose pompous power seeking. Most of these inflated egos will give speeches on Veteran’s Day presenting themselves as devoted to the troops. Anyone of them who did not stand up and denounce a leadership that insisted they stay in the capital and vote on Saturday rather than fly to visit the wounded, comfort the mourners or spend the day honoring the victims by visiting military bases and hospitals, deserves to be greeted with disdain. The least they can do now, after the fact, is cancel any planned Veteran Day speeches and appearances. Their behavior this past weekend will still be shameful, but they needn’t add hypocrisy to the brew.

 

 

 

Stand by Your Man: Take 2

May 9th, 2010 Posted by Susan's Musings 2 comments

 

On Sunday, I had the car radio on and heard a report of Hillary Clinton’s upcoming appearance on 60 Minutes, including a direct quote. Are you as amazed and incredulous as I was at her words? I came home and wrote the following.

 

Imagine this scenario. On your way to bed, you notice that that there is light shining from under the door to your sixteen year-old son’s room. You knock, planning to say an extra good night, but there is no answer. After the second knock, you figure that he fell asleep with the light on and quietly open the door to turn it off. No one is there. A quick check of the bathroom, kitchen and rest of the house shows that your child is missing.

Some detective work has you soon driving over to a house a few blocks away, where you interrupt a party in progress, complete with lots of beer and even some hard liquor. The teens are less than delighted to see you and eventually you and your son get home where you tell him that you will talk about this in the morning.

What are you going to say? How does this sound?

“Son, you are very lucky that I got there before you were drunk. If you ever do something like this again, and manage to get drunk before I catch you, you are really going to be in trouble.”

If that speech sounds reasonable to you, may I suggest you sign up for some parenting classes?

For years we have been told how intelligent Hillary Clinton is. We have also been told that she is a strong, independent minded woman. This did make it awkward when she chose to “stand by her man” as he publicly humiliated her. However, like all wives whose husbands betray their marriage vows, she had a heart-wrenching decision to make, even if hers played out on the national stage.

But, marriage is personal and that aspect of the affair was truly her business.

This time, standing by her man, Barack Obama, contains no personal element, only a political one. After last week’s botched attempt to detonate a bomb in Times Square was linked by the administration to Pakistan, she taped an interview with 60 Minutes. Can she feel anything but a fool saying such asinine words as, “We’ve made it very clear that if, heaven forbid, an attack like this that we can trace back to Pakistan were to have been successful, there would be very severe consequences.”

Exactly how many Americans need to die for an attack by the Pakistani Taliban to be considered successful? Two, twenty, two hundred, two thousand? What would have happened if in 1941 the Japanese had miscalculated the distance to Pearl Harbor and been forced to turn back a few miles offshore? Would Americans have tolerated a message from the Administration warning that if Japan did manage to bomb our fleet they’d be in big trouble?

When Hillary Clinton accepted the post of Secretary of State she, like the vice-president and other high officials, took an oath of office, swearing allegiance not to the president but to the Constitution. The oath includes the following words:

 I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…”

Last time I looked, one of the jobs of the government as stated in the Constitution includes providing for the common defense.

During the campaign in which Mrs. Clinton attempted to get the Democratic Party nomination for president, she made national security an issue. She urged Americans to see her as the leader they would trust in a crisis. Well, she may not be president, but she is in a leadership position. In this case, standing by her man betrays both her oath of office and diminishes the argument that women bring real-life common sense to government. Need I mention that, most importantly, it puts American lives in danger?

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