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Monday, July 17, 2006

"Watching the War"

I'm sure many of my co-Americans can relate to my family's feelings of inadequacy and helplessness in the face of the crisis in Israel. While our brothers and sisters in Israel are listening to the howls of sirens, holed up in their shelters, or reporting for Army duty, we are, to a large extent, going about our daily business. But the worry pervades every part of our day, and we spent much of our free time yesterday with our television tuned to the news, anxiously watching for updates. Obviously, I try hard to reassure my children, but they can't miss the fact that their father and I have been basically glued to the screen. Last night, child #3 came into my room and sweetly asked: "Mom, can I watch the war with you?"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, who knew that om had a television/

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aww. That's cute. It's interesting that you allow them to keep abreast of the events in Israel. I am a little more protective of the young ones. I am not sure that esxposing them to war and death isnt a little morbid at this young age.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(and please know that I wasnt criticizing that you allow your kids to watch the news with myt last comment, just telling you how I do it)

10:25 AM  
Blogger orthomom said...

No offense taken, fellow momof4. Everyone makes diferent choices when it comes to raising their kids. I'm pretty open with them, and I've been pretty up front regarding the war.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get a life. What incredible bittul zman!

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not as much of a bittul zman as leaving comments like that...

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well now we know she is no chareidi pretending to be a tzioni

1:21 PM  
Blogger thekvetcher said...

zochor es asher amelak....
the children should learn of these things. we too often overprotect their sense of security in the united states and Challilah if there ever was a situation in America against the Jews no one would know how to deal with it. except maybe the children of holocaust survivors.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We must live our daily lives or Hamas, Hazbulla and the Muslim Jew haters win. When we show that in the face of such bad we can go on, but still pray for and be concerned about the welfare and health of our brother and sisters then Hamas and Hazbullah have lost

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fellow Mom of 4,

I am certain every mother tonight in Haifa,Tsfat and Kiryat Shemona agrees with you that they would prefer not to introduce the concepts of death and war to their children of such tender age

We just don't have the luxury of providing a protective bubble from life's realities

2:45 PM  
Blogger nikki said...

though i don't let my kids watch the news, i had to introduce the concept of war to my kids this week... i hated to do it more than anything else, but how else will they know what to do if sirens sound throughout our community? they need to know. they hear the jets and transport planes overhead, more air activity than we usually get in one month. and they hear people talk. they know what's going on. it's a fact of life here.

4:21 PM  
Blogger thekvetcher said...

its so obvious most of you must have grown up in ivory towers.
this is a fact of life. if you have to teach the kids you teach them. how will you teach them about the holocaust the six day war and pogroms of euroe?. get your heads out of the sand.

5:53 PM  
Blogger AMSHINOVER said...


The situation in Tzfat is desperate and there are families living with no electricity, who have absolutely no food at all! Even if they tried to buy some, most stores are closed. Ezer L'Shabbos is getting food from a supermarket on credit, but can't for much longer without paying. They also have to pay to have it delivered since most of their volunteers have left Tzfat. Sadly, the most vulnerable - large families with small children, Baali Teshuva without family support systems, are the ones left behind and are suffering. Please make checks out to Ezer L'shabbos and get them to Shloma Edelstein or drop them off in the mailbox or Pushka at Rabbi Twerski's shul (Ateres Shloime- corner of E29th & K).

You can also mail checks made out to Ezer L'Shabbos to: Tzfat Emergency Fund c/o Ordinal, 1412 Avenue M #2467, Brooklyn NY 11230.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how is their situation any diff from the people in gush katif a year ago??????????

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 6:52

There is no analogy. In my mind last year was worse, as it was Jew v Jew.

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does it matter how it is different? both were bad and both needed your help -so help please. Don'tintellectualize Jewish suffering through comparing and contrasting!

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In terms of Amshinivor's request for aid, having just driven through Tsfat on my way to my north to my child's Golani Brigade base (parents are still responsible for clean underwear and goodie bags in Everyman's Army), one cannot describe the damage except to describe it as Our Beirut. I came back via Haifa, which is a large enough city not to really notice the damage until you reach the Bat Galim area, but Tsfat as a city is basically blown off the map.

Whatever your choice of charity that assists in these matters, please give now.

1:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 6:52,

What exactly is your point? The situation now is awful and horrendous, just like it was last year in Gush Katif. You don't start making comparisons. Please.

2:39 AM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

One of the big problems now is getting food to residents up North. Estimates are now that 90% of Nahariya has left town, leaving behind elderly familes who don't have the means to leave or the ability to get simple food products...and to make matters more difficult, most of the stores are closed.

I hope to post back here later with more information about what is being done. Apparently, MDA, is going to have a food distribution project going on soon to help.

I'll update when I get more info...(and Amshi's post above is also a good way to help)

5:08 AM  
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