What a time to be alive

Every year, on this day (the Hebrew date is the same) each year I try to look inside myself and write something reflective about the Holocaust. In Israel, we have Yom Hashoa, Holocaust Remembrance Day. And then a week later we have Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day), and immediately after we switch to Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day). Like most things these days, this year is different for me. Usually, I’d be in Israel. On Erev Yom Hashoa I'd go to the nearest synagogue or community-hosted event to hear a Holocaust survivor tell their horrific, but always miraculous, story. Always, I'd cry. Firstly, sad tears for the 6 million Jews & millions of others lost in such a devastating piece of h

As An Asian Israeli, The Coronavirus Has Awakened Me to Our Racism

Published in Jewish Journal, April 2, 2020 On Feb. 16, a young Taiwanese woman posted on the popular Facebook group Secret Tel Aviv that she was riding her bicycle and a group of Israeli teenagers began to yell “Sinit” (Hebrew for Chinese) and “corona” at her. She called the police in tears. On March 15, a 28-year old Indian Yeshiva student was hospitalized after being beaten by two Israelis in Tiberias because they felt he “looked Chinese.” A few weeks ago, as the hysteria amid the beginnings of the COVID-19 outbreak began, I turned around in the kitchen at work to find a colleague of mine coughing at me. I stared blankly, and he said, “You’re Asian. This is a little bit of a problem.” I li

© 2020 Amy Albertson

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