Lawmakers ignore rise in antisemitic attacks against American Jews

When I dropped off my 3-year-old at his new Jewish preschool at the beginning of this year, he pointed to the men standing outside and said, “Daddy, who are they?” I stumbled to explain why there are men with guns and body armor guarding the building. 

Hoping to redirect the conversation, I said they were there to keep us safe. He associated that word with his favorite cartoon character, Fireman Sam, and now nearly every day when we arrive, he points with excitement and shouts, “They’re keeping us safe!”

The pang in my heart never went away. On one hand, I cherish being able to prolong his innocence. Eventually, though, I know I’ll have to explain to him why his school needs armed security. And it isn’t to put out fires. 

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