My late grandfather’s girlfriend just sent out a Zionist email, as she often does. I didn’t want to hear her at first, but I wanted to want to hear her. I eventually softened in the remembrance that our willingness to be vulnerable is what will end all wars.
When we can say to each other, “Help me. I’m struggling. I’m scared. I want to care for myself, and I don’t know how to do it,” people on both sides of every war will lay down their arms in an effort to move toward one another and lend a helping hand. That is how I can hear the Zionist message. I hear her saying, “I am so scared that my people are alone and unloved, and I want support and safety for us all.”
Marina Smerling, www.empathiclistening.com