This piece is part of an ongo­ing series that we are shar­ing from Israeli authors and authors in Israel.

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. 

To sleep to for­get. Then the day­light awak­ens us, a reminder of the dark­ness. Per­haps it is all a dream. Soon there will be a flood. Then what. Will the dove put its trust in us once again?

Why did you choose us? We hear you call­ing our name but we can’t hear what you are saying. 

Maybe we are sleeping.


Can you see her?

she’s wav­ing her hands.

Can you hear her? 

She’s shout­ing: Look at me,

I was once beautiful,

my heart a glass vase 

filled with promises”.

Can you hear it?

Wrestling with time.

Nego­ti­at­ing with God.

Can you see me?

Wav­ing My flag

once white

and now stained

once again

with Nev­er Again”.

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

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Tama­rah Tou­vian was born in the US and raised in Israel where she com­plet­ed her stud­ies in Edu­ca­tion and bible stud­ies. She has been teach­ing Bible, Jew­ish stud­ies, Hebrew lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture, and aspects of Israeli cul­ture and soci­ety since 1995 to present.Tamarah returned to the US in 2005 and cur­rent­ly resides in Con­necti­cut with her fam­i­ly. Her first book of poet­ry, Path­ways, was pub­lished in Hebrew in Israel in 2022