Every morning I drop my children off at Gan, and every morning I am horrified. I drive to my son’s Gan and park the car. With his hand in mine we walk to the Gan together and I cannot help but notice the cars that are still running. People left their cars as they quickly run their children into Gan and they leave their car running.

When I was eleven years old in Baltimore I sat in a running van with five of my siblings my mother was inches from the door when a 19 year old boy jumped into the van and drove away.

I know, it doesn’t seem that bad, but when I look closer I see that not only is the car running without an adult in it, there are children in the car. The children sit unattended in a running car. It would be so easy to take that car and not notice the children inside, or worse notice them and take it anyway.

Sure, for me this is a very personal issue, when I was eleven years old in Baltimore I sat in a running van with five of my siblings my mother was inches from the door when a 19 year old boy jumped into the van and drove away.

Israel, is a country in which we are constantly surrounded by people who are not scared of authority and want nothing more than to hurt you or your family for who you are.

We were relatively lucky. My 3 year old sister was left with only three stitches over her eye, and I only need 21 for my leg. The car was destroyed and my mother to this day is haunted by the guilt of what happened.

That was a good case scenario, we all walked away to talk about it, laugh about it, and live on. It just as easily could have ended differently.

Israel, is a country in which we are constantly surrounded by people who are not scared of authority and want nothing more than to hurt you or your family for who you are.

I know what you may be thinking. “My area is safe.” “I live in a yishuv” “There is a guard a few feet away” “Do you know how difficult it was to get them buckled in in the first place?”

Just take a moment and think how easy it would be to calmly get in a running car and drive away. Is it really worth it? That extra moment of reprieve?

We have had enough children taken away from us, it’s time to focus on protecting the ones we have left.