Terrorist Stabbings in My Hometown

Ra’anana, Tuesday, 9 a.m., stabbing on Ahuza Street, the city’s Main Street.

Where?  Near my middle son’s junior high school.

10:30 am: Stabbing in our neighborhood, between the ice-cream parlor and the bookstore where my fourth-grader goes.

My children have lived their whole lives in Ra’anana, but they don’t have the sense that the danger is getting closer to home. They grew up with the ethos that all Israel is their hometown.

My eldest son was born in Jerusalem, on a height near where Abraham walked with Isaac. He then lived in Ra’anana for 18 years until he went into the army and was sworn into the paratroopers at the Western Wall to protect David’s City and all of Zion.

Bruce Springsteen wrote a great song called “My Hometown. “ It’s a ballad fondly telling about his hometown and the different hometown his children had.  In every town a Jew has ever lived, he also had a song about his hometown. It’s called “Hatikvah .” “The Hope.”

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Ra’anana is a comfortable suburb northeast of Tel Aviv, settled by New Yorkers in the 1920s.  Twenty years ago, I departed from Great Neck, New York, the fabled home of the Great Gatsby, where there were more millionaires than people, and, like those early New Yorkers, I settled in Ra’anana.

About the Author
Dov is President of Clarity Advisors, a business development firm that brings Israeli companies into the US market. He is a board member of several non-profits including: the America Israel Chamber of Commerce; Yemin Orde Educational Initiatives; SIGNAL - Sino-Israel ties and Co-Chairman of the Ivy League Alumni in Israel. His writing has been published in Arabic and Hebrew in 50 Middle East media outlets. Dov lives in Ra'anana with his three sons. His forthcoming book: The Perishability of Importance, will be published in 2017.
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