In Hebrew there is an expression, “We’ve already been in this movie.” It’s not quite a "been there, done that" sort of thing, but more an expression usually used to describe a tiresome and difficult reality re-asserting itself. There is an existential fatigue about it.
I’ve heard many people say in the past few days, “Here we go again.. I’ve seen this movie before..” Some of us may almost be immune to the round of rockets directed at our brethren in Israel and IDF’s response, as if this is a scene we’ve played so many times that we’ve protected ourselves against the pain.
I want to advise us all not to put up that emotional shield and to be wary of it. Pain is pain is pain. We are all hurting. This is our international heartache as a Jewish people. It is part and parcel of a healthy commitment to peoplehood. When Israel hurts, we hurt. And we never stop hurting.
If it’s hard to make Operation Protective Edge real for you so that you, too, can feel its tension and surface your deepest compassion, here's how I helped myself. I pictured my 7 and 9 year old under the threat of these rockets, singing to cope with the anxiety of everyday life, and I knew instantly that it could easily be my family there.
For all the “movies we have already seen,” you haven’t seen this one. Watch it and weep. Weep for all that we have already lost and all that we may lose. Pray that this is all over soon and the familiar images stop. Be united in the force for goodness and redeem your little part of the world because you can.