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Subsequent yr in Jerusalem — My Pixie Weblog

Subsequent yr in Jerusalem — My Pixie Weblog


It was an exquisite day in New Jersey when the warfare in Ukraine broke out. I keep in mind it vividly as a result of I stood aspect by aspect with different mother and father at a playground watching Mila’s hair dance within the solar as she went up and down slides and ran round excitedly, unaware of the perils across the globe. I questioned if the opposite mother and father had the identical intrusive ideas that I did that day. How can we all put one foot in entrance of the opposite and stick with it as if atrocious acts aren’t going down at this very second?

It’s onerous to separate the truth of our personal peaceable existence from the tough realities that exist in different corners of the globe. Once more, my coronary heart shatters for the folks of Israel and I keep in mind the phrases I used to learn in our prayer books at Passover annually. “Subsequent yr in Jerusalem.” I used to be all the time so excited by that phrase—the promise of a brand new land and a world of latest discoveries. My complete life I’ve been separated from my Jewish religion. My father transformed and have become Lutheran after he married my mother and my brother and I spent our childhood attending church on Sundays, leaning into our Jewish roots annually once we gathered for a Passover Seder with my father’s siblings and their households.

The traditions and rituals of that day in April annually all the time caught and Passover was a vacation I seemed ahead to immensely. Now that I’m elevating my very own daughter, I ponder a lot concerning the legacy we go away behind and I really feel immense unhappiness that the faith dies with our technology (in my household, anyway). And I really feel an unlimited quantity of grief for the issues which are taking place in Gaza, a spot I all the time longed to go to however possible by no means will on this lifetime.

I wish to be clear right here—I’m completely with out query gutted for the Palestinians caught within the crossfire of warfare and the kids who’ve completely nothing to do with any of it. I want they may all really feel the freedoms we take as a right, and I need nothing greater than for these youngsters to benefit from the solar on their pores and skin, the wind of their hair, and a carefree day on the playground.

I don’t know the right way to finish immediately’s weblog publish. I’m not even certain I’m the fitting particular person to weigh in on this; I simply really feel terribly hopeless and I want for peace I do know won’t ever occur and a world that acknowledges the struggles of the Jewish folks. Principally although, I want for an finish to antisemitism.

Allow us to not repeat the grave errors of our ancestors.

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