brit milah [Hebrew: covenant of circumcision] of their first great-grandchild). They have been producing flags and filling orders to meet the heightened demand in Israel this season marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day.
The couple loves their country of 7 million people and is proud of it. Both of them exude a sense of good fortune and privilege to be part of the historic process of the rebirth of the state of Israel in its ancient homeland, the land of Israel.
Last Friday, amid the steadily mounting pressures to meet her customers' deadlines, Yehudit called about a commitment I had made to her last month:
Beit Avot [Home for the Aged] where you volunteer? I want each resident to have a flag and for the Home to have flags everywhere on Yom Haatzmaut [Independence Day].
Not a little ashamed that I forgot and grateful to call such a woman, friend, I hurried to pick up the bundle of gifts.
At the Beit Avot on nearby Yavne Street, I pressed it into Ada's hands. As this director of programs and services gasped and shouted out, we laughed and wept, her expression (captured in the photo) saying everything.
Question: How do I know such righteous people?
Answer: By hanging out with their emissaries.
Yedidia, an Atlanta Torah MiTzion program havruta [Aramaic: study partner], instructed me to visit his maternal grandparents when I returned to Tel Aviv.
Just go to Allenby Street and slightly past the Carmel Market on your right, turn left onto Brenner Street. I forgot the number but go to the first or second building on the right and look for Weizman Liman Flag Store on the mailbox. Up one flight, and you are there.
The Beit Avot I came to through Susanne, an artist and fellow American-Israeli who lifts up the resident elders (and their devoted staff) by leading group art projects and visiting 1:1 weekly. She observes carefully and listens attentively to what she hears in their native Russian, Hungarian, Yiddish, or Romanian (and with those who can, she speaks in the Hebrew she began studying only five years ago). Susanne touches hearts and strokes hands, sometimes triggering memories and stories and always bringing smiles.
Weizman Liman Flags
Brenner 22 (corner of Allenby)
Tel Aviv, Israel
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