It was a year of Torah learning, a year of fostering new friendships, a year of encounters with diverse educators and personalities, a year of becoming more attached to the land, and a year of relative innocence.
Paula and her husband did far more than that – they went to visit her and managed to persuade her to allow them to apply for her to live in a Jewish home.
As crazy as it sounds, we never met face-to-face until we discovered that on the same Shabbos, she would be visiting her daughter in Monsey while I would be attending my grandson’s bar mitzvah.
Minutes after my son and daughter left for school – it’s a ten-minute walk from our house – my son came running back to the house, all upset.
Sounding like a typical Lubavitcher, I told that just by striking the match, she is bringing more light into the world, so what’s the problem?
The Israeli sun was beautiful as it slowly descended in the horizon, but I could not enjoy it as I usually would have.
The utility workers in this area usually do not do these kind of repairs, but being a bitter cold night in December when pipes can freeze he was kind enough to help the home owners.
As early morning phone calls go this was probably one of the least welcome ones to hear five days before our daughter’s wedding.
Now he was putting his faith only in Hashem and that he knew Hashem could help him.
The rav found the exchange humorous and happily shared it with my husband, who subsequently told it over to me.
Why didn't I call an ambulance? I do not know. And believe me, I was not trying to be overly pious.
I knew in my heart if I did not take my first step soon all my ambition would fizzle.
At this point I am reasonably happy that he returns home eventually and is still semi-coherent (at least some of the time).
This tragedy was in the forefront of my mind as my family and I wended our way, the week before Pesach, from Har Nof, Jerusalem to Sha’ar Yeshuv.
But, that morning my cold had developed into something far worse and I just knew I wasn’t going to get to the bris.
Our first six children had been born in the Holy Land, but ironically every one of them married and set up home in the United States.
One point stood out from those stories: in contrast to the Koran, the great figures of the Torah were not beyond reproach. There was always room to be better.
He was used to my premonitions. So I called my labor coach she said she would bring her car close to where I was staying.
One daughter flew in from the UK for a mere 50 hours – quite an amazing feat!
My mother had a difficult pregnancy. Some doctors said it was a miracle I was born and came out as good as I did.
We were not familiar with the process of wiring money to Israel when I got engaged, so I was just waiting for the money to come by mail.
As it turned out, despite recovering sufficiently and hopeful of having more children, I never did.
During the past year I especially enjoyed looking at a website of a hotel in Monticello. Living near the beauty and calm of the water really appealed to me.
I remembered the years of bringing up six teenage daughters. Of course they weren’t all teenagers at the same time but sometimes it definitely felt like it.
With no other choice in sight, David continued along his path until he finished high school without having any substantial plans for his future in mind.