The war in Eretz Yisroel has gripped all of us, and the plight of the hostages being held by Hamas and the other inhumane terrorists in Gaza is difficult to fathom. But, please, stop putting up signs about them around Lakewood.
The hostage situation is heartbreaking and should be publicized in general, but Lakewood doesn’t need it. Frum Jews represent the overwhelming majority of Lakewood – what exactly are we trying to gain by showing each other photos of “kidnapped” signs? We are all on the same page – the hostages must come home. All it is actually “accomplishing” is causing mental health issues among our children.
I am a teacher in a wonderful local school. The girls in my class are not old enough to properly digest the news and meaning of the abduction of 240 innocent people, let alone properly grieve the killing of 1,200 innocents in an unfathomably horrific terrorist attack. And I hear it from them, over and over. They are confused, they are afraid. They see these signs without context and fear that they are next. Some of them are already in therapy over the trauma it is causing them.
I am not, in any way, suggesting that we should make believe the hostages don’t exist. I’m not arguing that we, adults, should not be concerned about them, think about them, and daven for them. But Lakewood doesn’t need signs to remind it; we remember it because they are our brothers and sisters, our friends, neighbors, cousins.
All that we have done so far with the signs is traumatize little children. I’m sorry, but that’s the fact, and I see it daily with my own eyes.
So, put up hostage signs. Just don’t do it in Lakewood. It’s causing more harm than good.
A Concerned Teacher
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