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Dealing with the New Normal in Sderot

When terrorists in Gaza started flying fiery kites over the border into Israel, raining down danger and destruction, it underscored that terror is a constant in Israel – and an ever-evolving one. Merav Blum, a college student in Israel, has experienced this truth firsthand. When Merav first moved to the Israeli city of Sderot to attend college, it was a place of relative peace. Several months ago that changed. Red alert sirens warning of incoming rockets and the smell of burning fields are now her regular realities. In a moving essay in The Times of Israel, she grapples with her new normal.

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