Yael Eckstein’s new article titled “The Strength That Will See Us Through,” featured in The Jerusalem Post, tells about the current increase in terror attacks across Israel. While acknowledging that the people of Israel are scared, and praying for the attacks to end, she notes that, through all the trauma, they are still trusting in God’s love and protection:
"All of us here have lived through intifadas, wars and terrorist attacks. All of us have buried a friend or relative. We are unified in trauma – holding our breath when we hear about a terrorist attack, until the name of the victim is released. We all breathe a sigh of relief upon learning that the victim is not a family member, but ultimately, none of us experience real relief, because we know it is our brothers and sisters who are now in mourning.
We have experienced these heart-wrenching moments countless times, but it’s not something we get used to. Each new attack is a stab in all of our hearts, and we’re all bleeding…
Maybe one of the reasons I hold my breath each time there is a new terrorist attack announced is because I have come to realize that it’s always the holiest, most pure people taken in the most brutal and upsetting way. The Fogel family, Dr. Applebaum, who started Terem Emergency Care Clinics, Rabbi Gabriel and Rivkah Holtzberg, who ran the Mumbai Chabad House, and many more.
I don’t understand God, and often I even question God, but I never stop believing that He is here with us. “I am with you in your suffering,” I feel God yelling through the tears. And seeing the influential and holy people who are plucked from this world in their prime while helping to develop God’s kingdom on earth, I know He means it. The terrorist attacks are too close to home and they’re getting everyone thinking, relating, and hopefully uniting."