I followed the funeral and memorial services for Ezra Schwartz, the American-Jewish boy who was murdered near Jerusalem last week. I am a friend of Ezra's family, and this has been an occasion to connect with the ongoing tragedy of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on a personal level. Ezra's family has been embraced by supporters around the world, from Australia to Israel to the Police Department in their home town of Sharon, Massachusetts, to the New England Patriots.
Their quiet street was a traffic jam of supporters for all of Thanksgiving week. This resilient community in mourning is engaged in a very specific exercise: confronting the tragedy of Ezra's death directly and unflinchingly, while still celebrating his life, seeking meaning, and lesson from his exa...
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