I was celebrating Israel Independence Day when I heard about the terrorist attack in Boston. All I could think of was the fact that I was sad that Americans will now know what we in Israel have gone through throughout our history – and especially in the past 13 years.
For those of you in America who are in shock and wondering if there is something you can do now, a few pieces of advice:
One – know that you can always pray for the victims and their families. Pray for the injured to heal quickly and for the families of those killed to be comforted.
Two – donate blood. It is always needed but now more than ever.
Three – become more aware of your surroundings. Here in Israel every citizen is very aware of his vicinity, especially in public places. If we see a bag or box in a public place that is unattended – we immediately ask if it belongs to someone. If noone answers, we call the authorities and warn others to back away. The army will be notified and a special bomb squad will come to investigate. Nine times out of ten it is nothing, but all of the effort will be worth it to protect people when the tenth time turns out to be a real bomb.
Please know that we here in Israel are thinking of you…