Am I missing something here? Am I not getting it? Am I overly sensitive? I can not get this out of my mind. The horrible tragedy of Kiryat Arba is just so painful. An innocent, young, beautiful Jewish teenage child was stabbed to death by an animal in the body of an Arab. Just the thought and image of that alone is just so terrible. Almost incomprehensible. Certainly for anyone with children of their own.
How does that family go on? How do they deal with this? How do we as one family of Klal Yisroel just get up and go about our day when part of us was so viciously ripped away? Who is not crying?
But there’s more. And this makes it even worse. Why does no one in the world care? Did I miss the condemnations of world leaders? Granted, the United States did utter some words of condolence. Where is everyone else?
A few weeks ago, the world and their leaders spent weeks mourning and condemning the killing of a gorilla that was attacking a child!!! The media was replete with news personalities tearing up on air while discussing the demise of the gorilla. A gorilla!!!! And today? Quiet. No tears. No loud and animated condemnation.
Because it’s a Jewish child. Oh yes, and she lived in a part of Eretz Yisroel that the world calls the “West Bank”. Because we may disagree politically, it’s ok to end the life of a teenager in cold blood.
We are not going to fix the terrible hatred out there. But it needs to hurt us. We need to feel it. We need to know that no matter where our brothers and sisters reside, we are one family. Part of us was ripped away today. We can’t just go about as if it has nothing to do with us.
To the family I say “Hamakom Yenachem Eschem Besoch Shaar Aveilei Tzion Viyerushalayim” . May you find the strength to somehow get through this. We are with you in your pain. We are crying with you.
A Jewish Brother from Lakewood.