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My Wish for 30

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27.10.2020

With each day that passes I become more and more aware of my weaknesses and frailty. It is not, thank God, from any exposure to coronavirus or any other disease. It is, rather, what the Hebrew bible describes as “et zikna” or what Yiddish speakers would call an “alte kakka”. Briefly put, “old age”.

The pains, so says my doctor, are related to arthritis in the lower back. Painful to sit down, painful to lie down and most painful to get up. Pills and massage creams and ointments are of no help. Complaining is of no help. But as the Torah states “ezri mi Hashem oseh shamayim va aretz”… my help only comes from God who made heaven and earth.

While therefore He helps me on earth, I hope He will likewise help me if I’m lucky to get into heaven !

As for now I have but one burning desire. It is my wish for 30. Not 30 more impossible years of life but the wish to see my 30 family members and dear friends while I can still see, hear, and embrace.

I pray for the time when I may remove my mask and they theirs and we can embrace and kiss one another for possibly the last time. It’s not that I am a fatalist. More of a realist describes me.

All the long years of my life have been enhanced by love to and from my family and from many years of companionship with devoted friends.

True it is that I would like to live more days or months (years are more preferable), to see the end of the Netanyahu era and the re-establishment of a democracy for all in the State of Israel.

While we have happily succeeded in making peace with the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain and while peace with Sudan, Oman and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are wishes........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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