Sarah Tuttle-Singer
A Mermaid in Jerusalem

We take this personally

America, while you wake up over coffee on your Sunday morning, I have to tell you something:

Four soldiers were mowed down in Jerusalem today — on purpose.

Their bodies were trapped under the truck —

Several others were injured… one is in the ICU fighting so hard to live right now.

Their comrades wept and hugged and wept and prayed while their commander shouted “Don’t look! Don’t look!” as those who could still walk away, walked away.

You have to understand something — I don’t know a single Israeli who doesn’t take this personally. This country is so so small that we all know someone who was killed or maimed in a war or terror attack. This isn’t a headline or a soundbite for us.

These are the people we sat next to on the train this morning, or jostled in line at Aroma. They sat shiva with us at our uncle’s funeral three months ago, they danced with us at our cousin’s wedding last May.

This place is so small and so fraught and every time we relax just enough to breathe a little, it happens and it hurts so hard in that space beneath the ribs until we are afraid to breathe again too deeply.

And it’s like this every single time.

So please — think of us right now wherever you are — whatever you’re doing. Think of the four who are dead, and their families and their friends and those who knew them… and think also of the broken heart of a nation that is grieving, too.

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.