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Monday, 4 April 2011

JWW Walk 2011

When I was your age, Poppyseed, I was writing letters to President Jimmy Carter and General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, pleading for visas to be granted to refuseniks. Most especially, a baby girl named Jessica Katz, who was born with a life-threatening digestive disorder. the notion that a little girl was being denied access to medical treatment in another country simply because she was Jewish was profoundly unsettling to my eight-year old mind.

JWW Walk 2010

And when I was your age, Beernut, I was writing letters to Senator Alan Cranston, President Reagan, and other international leaders, requesting that they back Israel’s right to exist during the Lebanon War. Even then, I was acutely aware that Israel’s every move was open to tremendous scrutiny.

So it is no surprise, mein kinder, that the both of you take your role of bringing justice to the world very seriously. Your participation in the annual Walk to End Genocide, while encouraged by our family, is motivated entirely by your own desire to help put an end to genocide. Your decision to pass out information cards to friends and teachers at school exemplified that you have taken to heart the values taught by our Tradition.

May you continue to work towards AND see a future that is devoid of the systematic annihilation that has haunted so many.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Valerie permalink
    Monday, 4 April 2011 2:03 pm

    🙂 good mom!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Monday, 4 April 2011 9:44 pm

      I must admit that this was one of the days when I really DID feel like a good mom. Thanks, Valerie!!!

  2. Monday, 4 April 2011 4:58 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my place. Love this post. I, too, am politically active. It took me much longer than you. It was just a few years ago I learned just how important politics were. I was oblivious until then. Hope you get to feeling better soon!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Monday, 4 April 2011 9:47 pm

      Thanks. And thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts.

      I have to give credit to my parents, my aunt, etc for teaching by example. I really think that it made such a difference in my own activism. And, I believe, in my kids’ activism.

      Today was helped by antibiotics, water, and sleep!

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