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Dear Family: she is safe, so please stop asking


Hi, all!

Just wanted to let you know that although we are all worried about E_____ when terrible things happen in Jerusalem, it doesn't help to email her to let her know about them or to ask if she is safe. 

Telling a person in that situation to "stay safe" implies that anyone who gets hurt is simply not making an effort.

If you want to send her a note, try something constructive, like, "I'm praying this will end soon," "I hope you're still finding ways to enjoy life," or simply, "we love you."

Please remember that, in Jerusalem as in any other place in this world, a person is safe until the moment they are not - whether that moment comes in a car, on a city street, in Canada's parliament buildings, in a hospital, or at the hands of a terrorist.

Statistically, her life expectancy here is higher than in most countries of the world, including the US. Though none of us know when our moment will come, for this moment, right now, she is safe.

I spent last Tuesday afternoon with her in Jerusalem.

The city is quieter than I'd ever seen it. But I know it will bounce back. This, too, will pass. We've waited 2000 years for this city; nobody's giving up on it now.

To say, "I love you" in person, you can phone her directly at any time:  (054) xxxxxxxxx (If you know us, email me and I’ll send you the number).  It's easier and cheaper than ever to stay in touch! :-)

Please pass this along to anyone who cares.

Love you all,


p.s.  It's also constructive to speak up if anyone mentions what an apartheid or oppressive state Israel is. Sadly, we are surrounded by neighbours who don't want peace, learn hatred at a young age, and won't be happy until every Jew is dead.  Political activism, on any scale, is a wonderful response to terror. 

p.p.s.  No, she didn’t tell me to write this. Are you kidding? She'd be mortified if she knew.

Tzivia / צִיבְיָה

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