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Friday, November 30, 2007

First Night, First Light

I love my Sunday morning shiur! (Jewish Studies class)

Only one problem -- I haven't gone in about two years!

I was determined to start attending regularly, as soon as this school year started. But.... well.... now that Sundays and Mondays are my only "functioning" days, it's especially difficult to “give up” one of my mornings.

Still, I feel much better when I am learning (Torah) on a regular basis.

Not to mention that I love the shiur. And I love the woman who gives the shiur (brilliant, learned, dynamic, charistmatic -- you name it, she's got it! And she's a "feminist" and "right wing" -- and how many of those are there!?)

In short, I am rather in awe of this woman.

Anyway, we were privileged to attend the very special wedding of her youngest son this evening, the first night of Hanukah.

When we arrived, I was surprised to meet several friends from Ginot Shomron, which, it turns out, is the kallah’s (bride's) home town. Cool.

Ginot Shomron is a large yishuv (town) in the Shomron, near Petach Tikvah. One of the beautiful neighborhoods in the yishuv, Neve Aliza, is quite reminiscent of our home town: Teaneck, NJ. Beautiful houses, front lawns and back yards, and quiet, tree lined streets, where kids can play (without fear of being run over).

After expressions of mutual surprise and pleasure at meeting, one friend after the other protested: "You haven’t posted in a week! I check every day and there has been nothing new since you wrote about Hareisha!"


How nice to know!

So now, as was pointed out to me, I absolutely had to post before going to bed.

So, dear friends, I want to wish you all a Hanukah Sameach! (Happy Chanukah)

May the light from our candles shine forth and brighten this world.

Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.

With love and optimism,


Anonymous said...

Thanks RivkA - we missed your posts!! :-) Keep 'em coming! It was great seeing you last night, in purple.. :) -Jameela

Anonymous said...

Dear RivkA,

I pray healing and blessings for you every night.

It's me! Karen from Teaneck! I am in Ringwood now, but from Teaneck High School.

Blessings and love to you and your family.

Soli Deo Gloria,
Karen Flores

RivkA with a capital A said...

Hi Jameela -- another "takala" is preventing me from posting tonight as well...


Hey Karen -- so cool! I've been thinking of the A-school recently. My daughter is interested in an experimental high school here. But it doesn't seem as much fun as the A-school. Anyway, I'm so curious to know what happened to everyone we knew back then....