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SisterSchmooze: Sisters Seeking Shelter

Marcia Stark Meth, Emmy Stark Zitter, Miriam Stark Zakon

Scientists tell us that in moments of stress, there’s a human instinct called “fight or flight.” Not for the Schmoozing Sisters. We don’t fight and we don’t flight. We write.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

On the first day the sirens sounded, we handled the strain by phone calls to each other. By the second day, we released our tensions through e-mail. By today, the third day of the bombardment of Israel, we knew that wasn’t enough — it was time to start some serious writing. Which is why our Schmooze, which we usually put together in three or four weeks, got written in about 12 hours. It wasn’t easy. We’re all used to the flow of writing being interrupted by phone calls, e-mails, kids… but today’s interruptions included the haunting sound of a siren, booms reverberating in the distance, the race to hear the news, frantic calls to family: Are you okay? Did you hear the explosions? And yet, somehow, the writing happened. There’s therapy in expressing our fears, but it’s more than that. Somehow our writing helped us see past the terror. The flashes of light that are rockets exploding in the skies started forming patterns. As we put together our essays, we gained insights — into our People, into our country, into ourselves. Most importantly, we sensed the incredible Hashgachah pratis of every rocket that is intercepted, every missile exploding in an open area. May Hashem continue to protect us. We pray that by the time you read this, He will have brought peace and tranquility to our land and to our People.

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