Sarah Tuttle-Singer
Sarah Tuttle-Singer
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Israel’s train wreck

The government squabble over railway repair on Sabbath made an unholy mess for a whole lot of Israelis

Good morning, everyone!

Boker Tov!

Sabah al Kheir!

Here’s a little traffic update between Tel Aviv and Haifa:

Train line work screeched to a halt over Shabbat and now, this bright and blue Sunday morning when Israel’s work-week begins, there’s no train service between Tel Aviv and Haifa.

Over 150,000 people are affected.

That’s a lot of people.

Here’s what this means for everyone living here:

Elad can’t get to his startup to meet with an investor, and he’s got three kids at home relying on this because their mom is out of work.

Dr. Levi can’t get to her hospital and she just got word that one of her patients needs emergency surgery.

Miriam can’t get to the retirement center to see her father on his birthday.

Rula can’t get to her pharmacy, and there’s a young mother waiting to get her son’s asthma inhaler refilled.

Jessica can’t get to ulpan.

Avi can’t get to yeshiva.

Muhammad can’t get to his office and he’s got five employees waiting outside to get in to open the call center.

Tomer can’t get to school – but he’s learned a valuable lesson already about who really runs this country.

Maor can’t get to his army base — along with thousands of other soldiers.

The roads are snarled and jammed with angry drivers and busses are full while babies cry and old women are forced to stand.

The whole thing is one big political train wreck.

And there is nothing — NOTHING — even remotely holy about this.

About the Author
Sarah Tuttle-Singer, author of Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered and the New Media Editor at Times of Israel, She was raised in Venice Beach, California on Yiddish lullabies and Civil Rights anthems. She now lives in Israel with her two kids where she climbs roofs, explores cisterns, opens secret doors and talks to strangers, and writes stories about people. Sarah also speaks before audiences left, right, and center through the Jewish Speakers Bureau, asking them to wrestle with important questions while celebrating their willingness to do so. She also loves whisky and tacos and chocolate chip cookies and old maps and foreign coins and discovering new ideas from different perspectives. Sarah is a work in progress.
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