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Oct 19, 2023Liked by Jessica Smock, Julie Zuckerman, Steph Sprenger

An extraordinary piece. Thank you, Julie Zuckerman, for writing it. And thank *you*, MIDSTORY, for publishing it.

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Thanks, Erika.

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Thank you for sharing it as well.

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Oct 19, 2023Liked by Jessica Smock, Julie Zuckerman, Steph Sprenger

Julie, thank you. And I’m so sorry. Steph and Jessica, thank you for amplifying Julie’s voice. I’m in tears reading this in the dark before my Jewish kids go to school in the safety of my home but I don’t feel safe in certain ways and I am in mourning for the losses Julie describes, and the pain that will continue to roll out from this ongoing tragedy.

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Thank you, Dana. Sending a virtual hug....

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I am sending you so much love daily, my friend.

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Sending you much love as well, Dana.

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Oct 19, 2023Liked by Jessica Smock, Julie Zuckerman, Steph Sprenger

Julie, your pain and fear is felt by every reader. Such an incredibly important and brave piece. Thank you for writing it during a time when all is still fresh and so difficult. Sending love and strength to you and your family. Jess and Steph, thank you for publishing it. Sadly these days, that does need to be said, and you deserve every accolade for your bravery too.

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Thanks Nina...

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I'm not sure if it's brave, but when Julie told us a little bit about her experiences in the comments of a post, I felt like it was a voice that needed to be shared. Julie did such a beautiful job describing her life so vividly at a time of such uncertainty, fear, and resilience.

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Oct 19, 2023Liked by Julie Zuckerman, Steph Sprenger

Thank you for sharing this story. There's terror here and heartbreak and catastrophe, but your posting this message also reaffirms all we have, each other, community and the underlying humanity we share. Thank you.

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Thanks so much, Julia. Indeed - it is the community that helps keep us going...

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Oct 20, 2023Liked by Jessica Smock, Julie Zuckerman, Steph Sprenger

Beautiful and heart breaking. Sending hugs and strength.

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Thank you, Claire. Sending hugs and strength back to you.

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Oct 20, 2023Liked by Jessica Smock, Julie Zuckerman, Steph Sprenger

Thank you for sharing your story. I have been thinking about you every day during this tumultuous time, and hoping you and yours are safe. Wishing for peace sooner rather than later.

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Thanks so much, Amy. Amen to peace sooner rather than later.

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Oct 20, 2023Liked by Jessica Smock, Julie Zuckerman, Steph Sprenger

Thank you for sharing this, Julie. It is good for the rest of us to understand the pain and trauma you are in from a "real" person not just a random news article. Sending much love and prayers

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Thank you so much, Diane.

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Oct 20, 2023Liked by Jessica Smock, Julie Zuckerman, Steph Sprenger

My heart grieves for you, your family, your Friends, All of Israel. Utterly devastating and you really deliver the news and emotion and - yes, yes— all too much- even to read about never mind live the horror. If there ever was an important piece of writing— this is it

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Thanks Sari. And thanks for reaching out the other day. Sending hugs.

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Oct 20, 2023Liked by Julie Zuckerman, Steph Sprenger

thank you for sharing both the realities of the moment and the reflection on what's to come. Grace and peace to you all.

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Thanks so much, Stephanie..

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I am very conflicted. What happened is an abomination. The casual mention of having to live with "safe rooms" to hide from violence highlights to me that people, both Palestinians and Israelis, have been living with violence for a long time. I am not surprised by this desperate violence, although I am deeply saddened. Your stories are being experienced by tens of thousands of people very day now. There is no chicken or toilet paper, no water and no medicine. There is nothing left but rubble and suffering. When will it end?

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