Why I am Not Writing More about the Sassoon Family Tragedy
A few people have asked me why I’m not writing more about the Sassoon family tragedy. And I wanted to explain why.
I recently met a psychologist who is a world-renowned trauma expert. During our conversation, I asked him whether he might be able to treat more victims from the Nachlaot abuse case, and he told me that at the moment, he could not. He explained, “There is a lack of professionals specializing in this field, which means I am flooded with requests for help. But I also know that if I take on more than I can handle, and I start drowning myself, then I won’t be of any help to anybody. So I maintain strict limits on the amount of cases I take on.”
I am a very sensitive person. That means that on more occasions than I can recall, tragedies I have read about in the news have pulled me underwater for days, weeks, or (after reading about one particularly upsetting case) months.
Like Gayle Sassoon, I am a frum, English-speaking mother. Like Gayle Sassoon was until this past Shabbat, I am the mother of a large family. That means that this tragedy hits very, very close to home.
I have a lot of people depending on me to stay afloat. My husband, my kids, my dear JewishMOM.com readers. And to do that, like that psychologist, I have realized how important it is for me to place limits on what I read and write about so that I can keep my head above water.
On a personal level, I am davening for the family and am encouraging my readers to daven as well. I also sent a condolence note and encourage you to send condolence notes as well. But beyond that, I am seriously limiting the amount I read or write about this horrific tragedy.
It’s not that I don’t care. It’s that I care so much. And I know that nobody will benefit if this tragedy manages to pull me down with it.
Please continue to daven for Tsiporah bat Gila and Gila bat Frances. IY”H may we see great miracles for the Sassoon family and for the entire Jewish people this Nissan.