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Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Barukh Atah, Hashem, Elokeinu melech ha-olam
Shehecheyanu, v’kiy’manu, v’higiyanu laz’man ha-zeh.

Blessèd are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, for having granted us life, for having sustained us, and for enabling us to reach this day.

This is the prayer Jews recite when reaching a milestone in life... on any kind of Special Occasion, no matter whether trivial or earthshaking.  Are you wearing a new suit of clothes for the first time?  Is it your wedding anniversary?  Are you celebrating a holiday or family event?  You say a Shehecheyanu.  Seeing an old friend for the first time in 50 years?  Shehecheyanu.

Last Time - First Time
Today I turn 59¾ - my 60th birthday is exactly three months away.  But that’s not why the Missus and I are saying a Shehecheyanu today.

We’re on our way to Israel!

Shocking as it may seem, neither of us has ever been there.  People are always amazed when I tell them that this is our first time.

“But Elisson!  I can’t believe you’ve never been to Israel!  You’re so... Jewy!”

Well, there’s a first time for everything.  And SWMBO and I figured, what’s the point of waiting any longer?  This year, we’ve been married 35 years... and (as noted above) in three months I hit the Big Six-Oh. So this is a present we’re giving ourselves.

As the great sage Hillel said, if not now, when?

Posting will be sporadic.  Until we get back, Esteemed Readers, play nice amongst yourselves!


BobG said...

Hope you have a wonderful trip. And don't forget to take some pictures for us.

Susan said...

Congratulations on this wonderful milestone. You will love it!

Kevin Kim said...

"Shocking as it may seem, neither of us has ever been there. People are always amazed when I tell them that this is our first time."

Well, it's about damn time you fulfilled one of the Five Pillars of Judaism and visited the Holy Land. Your Hebrew knowledge will stand you in good stead as you shop and search for good restaurants.

Bon voyage!

mostly cajun said...

What a wonderful thing to envy you for!

Have fun. Grow.


og said...

G-d bless and keep you safe, return to us with stories and photographs.

treppenwitz said...

Can't wait to see you and swmbo!