Mindy Rubenstein
Writer and artist now living in the Holy Land

Healing from trauma

During some of the scariest moments of the past couple weeks, G-d’s presence felt tangible.

There were moments when I felt like I could glimpse behind the veil, more fully appreciating the mystery of Divine protection.

Amidst the turmoil, trying to keep my family safe, I have found it challenging to sit down in front of my computer and write. But I know that’s what I need.

I’m still in the process of fully processing what I’ve experienced so far, still carrying the weight of what my Jewish brothers and sisters are going through. I jump at each loud noise, my ears now atuned to sirens and potential danger.

Each morning I recite the daily psalms, and there is a glimmer of light in the darkness, even when it doesn’t feel that way.

As the pslamist shares in 18:28, “You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my G-d turns my darkness into light.”

Throughout my life, prayer and writing have been a refuge, an outlet, a way to share what’s in my heart and soul.

Here are some other things that have helped me cope, especially during this time:

1. Reach Out: Seek support from friends, family, or professionals. Sharing our experiences can help us process and heal.

2. Creative Expression: Whether through writing, art, or other creative outlets, expressing our feelings can be a powerful way for adults and children to cope.

3️. Self-Care: Prioritize self-care by maintaining some semblance of routine, engaging in relaxation techniques, and taking time to nurture our physical and emotional well-being.

If you or someone you know is in need of prayers, please reach out to me privately.

If you feel the urge to write but aren’t sure where to begin, allow me to guide you on this journey.

With G-d’s help, I look forward to a peaceful Shabbat, and I pray our collective stories will be an ongoing source of light in these challenging times.

About the Author
Mindy Rubenstein is a mom, author, artist, and teacher. She grew up secular on the west coast of Florida, discovered Torah Judaism as an adult, and has spent 16+ years learning and growing religously and spiritually. She made Aliyah in 2022 and lives in Zichron Yaakov, atop Mount Carmel overlooking the Mediterannean Sea. You can read more about her journey at
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