I am having one of those months when I feel like I’m constantly playing catch-up, especially when it comes to blogging.
For the past two weeks I have been meaning to blog about Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was on Monday. And now, I realize Mother’s Day is upon us. And Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day, aka the Nakba for those who prefer the Palestinian narrative of things.) Not to mention, my children are feverishly planning their birthday parties for this summer. (No Israel themes this year; Sophie, who will turn 5, wants an ice-skating party, and Ellie, who will turn 8, wants a book/creative writing theme.)
As was the case for so many others here in New York, Osama bin-Laden’s death at the hands of American troops this week triggered a flood of memories from September 11 and the days immediately thereafter.
Will Sekzer doesn’t mince words when asked about the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. forces Sunday.
“I wish he could have succumbed in a more sustained way,” referring to a longer, slower death, “but a bullet in the head is good enough,” said the Vietnam war veteran and former New York police officer, whose son, Jason, then 31, never returned home from work at Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
Here's something from JINSA (The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs) regarding 9-11 memorials, and what is all-too-often going unspoken by politicians. But what American politicians are too politically correct to say is, in fact, being said in the Arab media, as in this column from Al-Sharq Al-Awsat. And in memory of those who died, here's something from The Jewish Week archives (9/8/06): Realm Of The Senses by Jonathan Mark
A survey of two Jewish high schools in New York has found that 13 percent of the students suffer some degree of post-traumatic syndrome or depression stemming from the World Trade Center attack or the continuing terrorism in Israel. Now teachers will be trained in how to identify and best respond to at-risk students, and plans are under way to expand the survey to Jewish elementary school students.
Mario Garcia occasionally finds it difficult to remember everything about the day he raced down 87 flights in Tower I of the World Trade Center, but on the first anniversary of Sept. 11 he relived those traumatic events in excruciating detail.
"I felt it was Sept. 11 again," he told Vivian Wecselman-Fishman, a service coordinator for the Jewish Board of Family and Childrenís Services, the next day.