Where are American Jews in Israel's Hours of Pain?

Paula R. Stern,

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Paula R. Stern
Paula R. Stern is CEO and founder of WritePoint Ltd., a leading technical writing company offering documentation services and training seminars. She made aliyah in 1993 when her oldest son was 6 years old. In March 2007, Elie entered the Artillery Division of the Israeli army and Paula began writing about her experiences as A Soldier"s Mother. The blog continues as Elie moved on to Reserve Duty, her second son, Shmuel served in Kfir and continues as her youngest son David now serves in Givati. She recently opened a publishing house, helping other authors fulfill their dream to publish. Links to the Author's blogs: * A Soldier"s MotherPaulaSays Israel Blogger...

A huge problem with human beings is that they don't always know when and how to communicate. So one person sits there resenting the other because the other is not meeting their emotional needs and offering the support they need. The second person doesn't understand or is so busy with other things that they don't realize and so resentment and anger grows. It happens in families, it happens in relationships, it happens between parents and children and it happens between spouses.

It also happens on a grander scale. And while both are at fault - one for not communicating and one for being rather insensitive...it would help tremendously if the one who is not communicating would do so. Ultimately, maybe, you can't assume the other person understands your need. Yes, perhaps if they were more sensitive, that might help, but you have to work with what you have. To begin where you can...and so here I go.

Dear family in the United States

Dear friends of Israel

Dear Humans

Dear United Nations

Dear Anyone who believes in Justice, who believes that beating a woman, shooting unarmed people, stoning buses full of civilians, stabbing a 15 year old boy, shooting a two year old baby is wrong...

Dear Humanity:

There have been FOUR stabbing attacks, a near lynching and too many stone throwing attacks to count and so we here in Israel are in pain. We are devastated to have buried four fathers and one mother; we agonize for the widows and the wounded. Our hearts bleed without end for the orphans - 13 of them. But for the grace of God today, there would have been several more.

Where are you?

Where are your words of comfort, of love?

Why aren't you telling us you care, that you are in pain for us as well?

Your silence is deafening and the chasm between us grows.

You cannot claim to love Israel. You cannot claim to have our backs and be our friends while continuing this silence. You cannot ignore the anger and pain we are experiencing as hour after hour, news comes of another attack.

Your silence is a betrayal and shames you.