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I am not ok… and I know that you aren’t either.

I am not ok… and I know that you aren’t either.
17 Oct 2023 by Lisa Samick

I am not ok… and I know that you aren’t either.

The events of the last week have been gut-wrenching, to say the least.

I am not a historian nor a politician; there are other resources to help you better understand the issues, the complex history or what tomorrow may bring.  I don’t have any profound insight into where we go from here or how we heal.

But I know that each and every one of us – whether we’re part of the Jewish community by religion or by choice – is broken and hurting.

Amidst all this horror and chaos, Early Childhood Directors have been thrust into the role of therapist, risk management assessor, security expert and cheerleader – all while managing our own fears, anxieties, and devastation.  I wish I could give you comfort or reassurance.

On several of our ECE-RJ calls this past week, several people talked about some version of “I prefer to deal with COVID”.  The pandemic was stressful and traumatic, but it was foreign and equally distributed.  This is terribly personal. The names and the faces are etched into my brain, and I somehow can’t get myself to turn off the news and step away from social media.

All I can say is that I am with you. I urge you to please lean into this incredible community we’ve built, where together we will find comfort.

Some of you know that I grew up in Young Judaea; and there is a song that we sang on Saturday nights that has been on repeat in my brain since I woke up on October 7th.  It’s painful, but somehow it gives me comfort and so I am sharing it here in case it helps you as well.

 

Ain Li Eretz Acheret (I have no other country) by Ehud Manor

 

Ain li eretz acheret,

Gam im admati bo’erert

Rak mila b’ivrit choderet

El orkai, el nishamati

Beguf ko’ev

Belev ra’ev

Kan hu beyti.

 

Lo eshtok

Ki artzi shinta et paneha,

Lo avater la,

Azkir la

Ve’ashir kan be’ozneha.

Ad shetifkach et eyneha.

I have no other country,

Even if my land is burning.

Only a Hebrew word

Reaches my veins and my soul.

With an aching body,

With a hungry heart,

Here is my home.

 

I will not be silent

Should my country change its face.

I will not give up,

I will remind her and sing in her ear,

Until she opens her eyes

 

You can hear it here:  Ain Li Eretz Acheret

I am thinking of all of you and I know that you join me in prayer for the return of the captive, the healing of the wounded and comfort to all who are in mourning.  

Lisa Samick, President, ECE-RJ

 

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  • Didi Kerler Thanks Lisa. If anyone has family or friends in Israel and you want to talk, to worry, to express anxiety, anger etc, please do contact me. My son is one of the 360,000 people deployed all over... see more Thanks Lisa. If anyone has family or friends in Israel and you want to talk, to worry, to express anxiety, anger etc, please do contact me. My son is one of the 360,000 people deployed all over Israel. My phone # is 812 345-4714. This is personal for all of us. If you are Israeli and need to speak Hebrew because sometimes that is the only language that works for you, it's okay. I can do that too. It has helped me so much to just talk with friends.
    5 months ago
  • Fern Katz Oh, Didi, my heart is with you.
    5 months ago