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Sunday, September 11, 2011


So here I am on the ten year anniversary of 9/11. I am eighteen years old.

Eight. I was eight years old on 9/11/01.

But the confusion touched me. It happened in a whirlwind. I came home and my father (then a member of the NY National Guard) was on his way out the door to New York City, with two big army-green duffel bags.

Yesterday at a lunch-and-learn at Hillel (Jewish Student Center) we talked about the Jewish response to catastrophe. We looked at several texts and talked about what they meant and decided there was no one correct Jewish response to catastrophe.

So tonight, I did what I always do on 9/11: I watched relevant videos on Youtube. This year, as always, I watched "Heaven 9/11", but unlike other years, this year I proceeded on to watching actual news footage from that fateful day.

Oh. My. Word. The screams of the victims, burning alive...the shocked horror of the news casters...Oh. My. Word.

After that, I was fooling around on Youtube, and came upon this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHxwCuJrskQ

It is in Hebrew, but I thought it strangely appropriate...as if I were fated to find it. Maybe I was. Anyway, don't worry; I found the version with English subtitles.

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I am a bipolar, Jewish young adult (had my Hebrew birthday, the one I count, and turned 23 this past January) who also suffers from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. I love life and I live for my best friends: they are my purpose and my reason for trying so hard. I remain passionately devoted to those I love; I will not let my disorders make me totally self-centered. I like to read, write, and sew. My Rabbinical school plans did not work out, and I am now hoping to go into the field of Early Childhood Education. Please note: I am currently maintaining only Carried in His Hands. Enjoy!