This piece is part of our Wit­ness­ing series, which shares pieces from Israeli authors and authors in Israel, as well as the expe­ri­ences of Jew­ish writ­ers around the globe in the after­math of Octo­ber 7th.

It is crit­i­cal to under­stand his­to­ry not just through the books that will be writ­ten lat­er, but also through the first-hand tes­ti­monies and real-time account­ing of events as they occur. At Jew­ish Book Coun­cil, we under­stand the val­ue of these writ­ten tes­ti­mo­ni­als and of shar­ing these indi­vid­ual expe­ri­ences. It’s more impor­tant now than ever to give space to these voic­es and narratives.

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Jew­ish Book Coun­cil, JBI is record­ing writ­ers’ first-hand accounts, as shared with and pub­lished by JBC, to increase the acces­si­bil­i­ty of these accounts for indi­vid­u­als who are blind, have low vision or are print disabled. 

The views and opin­ions expressed above are those of the author, based on their obser­va­tions and experiences.

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Abby Horow­itz’s fic­tion and essays have been pub­lished in Gulf Stream, The For­ward, and Keny­on Review online, among oth­er places. She won the Gold­en­berg Fic­tion Prize from Belle­vue Lit­er­ary Review and has been a final­ist in con­tests held by Amer­i­can Short Fic­tion, Flori­da Review, and Michi­gan Quar­ter­ly Review. Abby has an MA in Jew­ish Stud­ies from Emory Uni­ver­si­ty, an MFA from the War­ren Wil­son Pro­gram, and has been a fel­low at the Salton­stall Foun­da­tion for the Arts. She lives with her fam­i­ly in upstate New York.