Ayala Weinberg
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the jewels

It’s been very difficult to write .

So many thoughts.

So many feelings,

 since October 7

A day where humanity lost its footing


I am  a child of children of the Holocaust.

How can this happen 


On  the very land that my father fought for in the 1948 war : The War  of Independence.

On the  land that became our parents new “ Mother”, a  true homeland,  after being orphaned by the Holocaust.

Thought the world was educated on hate and racism and its nefarious damage ?

 Our mother lectured in many schools and Universities on her experience  in the Holocaust,her journey, her life mission,  and maintaining faith despite staring directly into the eye of pure evil . She also mentored students from overseas who came to do work through the DC Holocaust Museum ,and shared  her story in interviews and films about how she finally escaped war torn Europe.

Our parents taught us not to hate. They  witnessed first hand exactly what that can do to the world, to society , to humanity.

But hate ..

It  was just subdued .It was always there right  under the surface .

 I once asked  our mother  at the time when BDS  had just started to rear  its ugly head,  as the early  anti Israel protests began in Europe ,

I asked her  ; “ What do you think about all this ?”

She answered : “ I’m not surprised, I  just did not think it would happen so fast”

And here it is.

We were constantly told by our parents to always remember and..  to never forget what happened.

Educate the world.

After the October 7 th evil massacre, and madness, and the world’s twisted  response  to this evil,  and its  shocking atrocities..I  simply lost my words.

Three weeks later  I was able to write one poem:

Finding Beauty in the Broken

By A. Weinberg 

“Finding beauty in the broken

Too many fools have spoken


Have I lost my voice

Do you want to hear

What is your choice


I need to shut this door

Can’t do this anymore


Going to look up at the leaves

Look up at the sky

Just so tired of asking the whys


What should I be now

What should I feel now

What should I hear now

What should I see now


Finding beauty in the broken

Just finding beauty in the 


Innocence has been stolen

Nothing is right

But we can move towards the 


Move towards the light


Because there is beauty in 

The broken “


 Several months later things were continuing. The absurdity and hate kept spewing.

But we began to heed the words:  WE will not be silent this time.

Let the world know.. educate them.. remember.. don’t let them forget.


For they have truly lost their footing.


 A few weeks ago one of my children asked me  ; “ Momma .. what do you think of the world ? It seems to have  descended down a path to utter crap !”

I  replied : “ Look  for the jewels ..there are always jewels.

Look at the sky, the leaves, flowers, the natural beauty..a kind  human gesture.. for these are the jewels.”

Speaking of jewels.. We all know that during the Holocaust  most looked the other way as well . However there were some who were righteous.  Although not large enough in number however they did stand out, and did what they could to try to hide Jews, save children, slip them food and more, following a moral human compass.

I keep waiting to hear from some of the freed hostages that there were a few righteous ones that helped them, attended to them.. comforted them..The Red Cross ?

Nothing ? Where is their humanity, their morality?

People who celebrate others pain , what is that?


Well there are some precious Jewels.

The Jewels who stand up  , those that stand up for true values,  for the truth .

The Jewels  who have a positive effect on the world.

You will see them, you will recognize them reflecting through the dirt.

 And lets just recognize that Israelis ,   Jews , despite their suffering,  pain and displacement , continue to  step up.  They celebrate life. They want life  and they are the jewels that reflect the light .

If only the world would clear up their minds, re educate and decide to become jewels..  how pretty that would be.

About the Author
I was an Interior designer for 29 + years and had a parallel path in leadership in the Jewish community. I spent a number of years as a proud lay leader in an amazing outreach organization called Shoresh . I am involved in leadership and development ,mentoring ,and coaching.., non profit development and consulting . I am involved with two organizations in Israel : Afikim family enrichment Center , as they work with youth and families at risk The other being the Taub center , a major think tank for Social and Economic policy in Israel. How pride I am to be engaged with both organizations. Feel free to reach out to me to learn more! I am dedicated to the Jewish community both in North America and in Israel I dedicate much of my creativity to writing and also now am pursuing coaching individuals to clarify and work towards life goals. In the past I have developed and ran experiential programs for the Jewish Federation, where I connected Israelis and locals in our community. At the end of the day, my roots in Israel are very deep. It is the place, the hub the center,The conversation.- our home, the light for all. And I most enjoy inspiring and cultivating that love and connection in others.