Words & Pictures
I have a very different perspective of the world today since my only exposure to the news comes via words and pictures rather than from television. Violence on the television news desensitized me over time. I slowly became somewhat numb to it after continued exposure to footage from combat zones, the aftermath of terrorist attacks, and natural disasters.
My sensitivity returned the more I pulled back and refrained from watching television news altogether. Today, pictures tell me what hours of news coverage does not. Whether it is a picture of a grieving mother sitting in front of her dead children in the aftermath of the tsunami, or the distress in a homeowner's eyes after Hurricane Katrina, these pictures stay with me and are burned into my memory. Today, I don't think I could watch these scenes on television. It is enough for me only to see the pictures or read the article.
May it be Hashem's will that 5766 be a year full of blessings and a year full of happy pictures and words.
May we never again see scenes like this: