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9/11 Remembered

Five years ago this morning I had just started to teach a class at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem when a student burst through the door to tell us what had transpired minutes ago in NYC. Since the gravity of what had happened was far from clear I continued teaching and then as the minutes passed and cellphones began to ring it was clear that most wanted to be with or speak to family or friends. I made my way to the bus station, stopping for a few minutes to look at the news which was being broadcast on TV sets along the way. That night we spoke with our families and by the next day we knew that any family or friends who worked in or around the WTC were OK. I had last seen the WTC just a month before while on a family visit back to the States, literally passing right in front of it while returning to my parent’s house from a visit to the aquarium in Coney Island. I had been up to the observation deck as a kid, and made note that some day we should take our kids there. This morning I was able to see some of the ceremony from Ground Zero and found the reading of the names very moving. This past Sunday a shul in the neighborhood dedicated a Torah scroll to one of its members, who after saving a number of people was killed. He was one of the ordinary people who showed that within some of the people that you work with and know, with whom you cross paths every day, is the inner strength to rise to the occasion and be a true hero, sacrificing their own lives so that others will be able to live to see another day. May all of their memories be for a blessing.

Empty Sky
by Bruce Springsteen

I woke up this morning
I could barely breathe
Just an empty impression
In the bed where you used to be
I want a kiss from your lips
I want an eye for an eye
I woke up this morning to the empty sky

Empty sky, empty sky
I woke up this morning to an empty sky
Empty sky, empty sky
I woke up this morning to an empty sky

Blood on the streets
Yeah blood flowin’ down
I hear the blood of my blood
Cryin’ from the ground

Empty sky, empty sky
I woke up this morning to an empty sky
Empty sky, empty sky
I woke up this morning to an empty sky

On the plains of Jordan
I cut my bow from the wood
Of this tree of evil
Of this tree of good
I want a kiss from your lips
I want an eye for an eye
I woke up this morning to an empty sky

Empty sky, empty sky
I woke up this morning to an empty sky
Empty sky, empty sky
I woke up this morning to an empty sky
Empty sky, empty sky
I woke up this morning to an empty sky

One Response to “9/11 Remembered”

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    Menachem Mendel:

    Whenever I say this in public people look at me as though I should be in a straitjacket. They should also read the names of the hijackers; they were only trying to be mekadesh shem shamayim. This is where Bush got offtrack from the getgo; they are NOT evil. They are doing what they feel G-d wants them to do, we have to convince them (by threatening Mecca which would prevent them from being mekayem their most important mitzvah- the Haj) that they should work on something else. While I’m on the subject let me get in one more word before they gag me; I hate it when people say that all religions have had periods when they were violent e.g. the Crusades and Inquisition. Islam was founded on violence; Paul did not travel the world with a sword.
    andy | 09.11.06 – 10:19 pm | #

    Sorry about that. I knew that I should have taken a couple of valium pills and some xanax before listening to Bush and the gushing reviews last night.
    andy | 09.12.06 – 5:19 pm | #

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