Sarah Tuttle-Singer
Sarah Tuttle-Singer

Please tell us we aren’t alone

Dear Loves Far Away, Far Flung Across the World.

Five people were killed in multiple terror attacks in Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion today.  Three Israelis. One American. One Palestinian.

Two were on their way out of prayer services, three were just at a junction, on their way to work, or trying to get home.  One of the dead was only 18 years old.

Five lives. Gone.

I don’t expect you to change your FB profile pic to an Israeli flag.

I wouldn’t ask you to do that.

(I’m not even doing that.)

But please – take a minute if you can and message an Israeli and ask “are you ok”

Because we aren’t today.

Five people are dead – from Gush Etzion to Tel Aviv we are joined in one long howl of anguish …

Every mother and father is glued to their phone. Best friends. Lovers, too:

“Where are you?”

“Are you safe??!!??”

“WHY DIDN’T YOU ANSWER?!?!?”

… And how easy it is for us to choose fear over hope right now because we have every reason to be scared.

And it’s easier still to go that direction toward a dark corner when we feel no one in the whole entire world cares.

So please – if you’re listening – tell us you care.

Tell us it’s unacceptable to you that innocent people are murdered.

It’s true terror doesn’t happen in a vacuum.  It doesn’t.

But neither does our choosing leaders who fear monger and make things worse because when they tell us we are alone we believe them because we are scared and we feel all alone, so we choose fear over hope, and it only gets worse.

Which is why we need to know we aren’t alone – that you’re listening. That our lives matter too.

Please – reach out to us even if you disagree with our government  — push past that to where we are huddled and trembling and tell us you see us and that you care and that we are not alone.

Tell us our lives matter, too.

And then maybe we can be brave enough to demand a change.

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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