On Tuesday, while Dahlia was being buried in Tekoa by hundreds of friends and family members (and complete strangers), my first grader was filling out a worksheet. He came home with the form to show me what they had done in school, and I simply wanted to put my head on the table and cry.… Read More Talking about Terror, Tefillin and More
Look how young and cute we were! 20 years ago… 20 years ago today Josh and I started dating, while participating in a one year post-college social service program in Israel called Otzma. We actually first started dating at Kibbutz Gezer, and last night Josh very romantically swept me off my feet and brought me… Read More From Kibbutz Gezer to Neve Daniel
Before Matan’s bar mitzvah, we discussed with him that he needed to put aside a certain amount of money for tzedakah (charity). We weren’t sure, however, where he should direct that charity. Matan offered one idea, primarily because it’s the only charity he really knows much about. I hesitated. There is nothing wrong with that… Read More It IS About The Bike…and So Much More
Before Matan’s bar mitzvah, we ordered thank you notes to go along with his bar mitzvah invitations. We explained to Matan that there would be rules surrounding his bar mitzvah gifts. 1. No gift would be used, enjoyed, or spent until a thank you note was written. Period. 2. And he would be writing three thank… Read More Being Gracious and Grateful…One Note at a Time
For years, Josh and I have remarked that someday Matan would be part of the Daglanut (flag dance) on Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) at the ceremony that we hold in Neve Daniel. The seventh grade boys and girls do a dance each year, waving enormous Israeli flags and filling the basketball court with their… Read More Flag Dances, Fruit Roll-Ups and Family
Matan picked up running as a hobby last year and he’s run a few 5k races. He came to us a few months ago, explaining that he wanted to run a 10k in the Jerusalem marathon and raise money for Shalva. I don’t know where this kid comes up with these ideas…but we went with… Read More Get On Your Running Shoes
A few days ago, Matan came home and declared that he wanted to run the 10K at the Jerusalem marathon…and that he wanted to do so for SHALVA. Now, Matan started running about a year ago and he’s completed a few 5K runs. We’ve been very impressed with his initiative and commitment and have cheered… Read More Go Ahead – Prove Me Wrong!
Sometimes we do things and we only reflect on their significance long after the event is over. Sometimes, however, I find just the opposite to be true – and I see the significance of an action before it is even taken. I’ll explain. Last night, I created a new folder for our filing cabinet. “Wow,… Read More The Bar Mitzvah File