Mitzvah Project Assuages Trauma Through Knitting
“I feel like to be a Jewish adult, you have to give your part to the community, whether it’s giving or raising money or volunteering,” said Noa Mintz.
BY: UJA-Federation of New York
“I feel like to be a Jewish adult, you have to give your part to the community, whether it’s giving or raising money or volunteering,” Noa adds. It’s also been rewarding for Noa’s mother to watch her daughter bring the idea to fruition. “I think going to Sderot and meeting with the girls really crystallized for my daughter what she had hoped the project would be,” Berkman says.
“My daughter doesn’t speak much Hebrew and they didn’t speak much English, but the knitting was the language.” When she first learned how active the rocket fire was just before the dates of their visit, Berkman had some reservations about bringing Noa back to Sderot, but her daughter persuaded her otherwise.
Noa felt that part of the purpose of the project was to help the girls feel that they weren’t alone. If she didn’t make the trip, it would undermine that purpose. After the hugs, and the smiles, and promises of future emails and video chats had been exchanged, both Noa and her mother were struck by one thing. “Despite the fact that the rockets had been falling in the days before our visit, not one word was said about it the entire time,” Berkman says.
“In some ways that was both the most uplifting and the most haunting thing of all.”
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