Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up
in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a
graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic
cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New
York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day,
Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine
among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem
Barbara has written five books and contributed to
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The Human Spirit: Twin terror
By Barbara Sofer
Recent forest fires in the Jerusalem Hills have muted the scent of wild thyme and reduced the greenery around the monument, but the Living Monument Plaza, Israels singular monument for the victims of September 11, stands untouched.
The memorial ceremony is the US Embassys official commemoration, partnering with Keren Kayemeth LeIsraelJewish National Fund. Among the participants: a delegation of American police officers, in Israel to study with colleagues; buses of new American immigrants through Nefesh BNefesh; the entire Young Judaea Year Course, a gapyear program of mostly American teens; bereaved families.
An ocean separates Jerusalem and New York, but today we feel twinned like the towers. Indeed, most of the eloquent speakers note our mirrored values, our mutual struggle and our shared resilience.
Fifteen years have passed, but the pain is "raw and painful as the day itself," says Ronald Lauder, chairman of the JNF board, himself a New Yorker. The nearly 3,000 names are etched around the cenotaph, even victims from countries that refuse to recognize Israel.
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