Sarah Tuttle-Singer
A Mermaid in Jerusalem

I say this with love, because that is a given

I will say this imperfectly, because I am shaking. I will say this vulnerably, because I am scared. I will say this with love, because that’s a given: My People, my People, please. We are grieving and we are angry. Our claws are out, our teeth are bared, a roar fills us from that infinite space within each of us…

Truth to power, I don’t know what the answer is, I don’t know what can fix this pain, or what can prevent it from happening again… but I can smell the wrong answer, charred and rotting in a forest near Jerusalem. I can hear the wrong answer in the clattering words from snarling lips when we shout “death to the Arabs, death to the Arabs.” I can see it in smoke rising, in hateful slurs on mosques, in a flash from our eyes.

Don’t tell me they started it. Don’t tell me we’re better. This is not a moral pissing contest.

This is a battle field that our children will inherit, and while I think the people who killed our boys — our beautiful, innocent boys — must pay and pay dearly, we must do this righteously, for it is  way too fast a fall to the bottom, and  way too long a  climb back up.

And this I know for certain: We must stand  together just as we stood for those boys, and condemn the hatred and violence being carried out in their names.

About the Author
Sarah Tuttle-Singer is the 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, and she now lives in Jerusalem with her 3 kids where she climbs roofs, explores cisterns, opens secret doors, talks to strangers, and writes stories about people — especially taxi drivers. 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 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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