When I made Aliyah, I came with a trunk (the same one I took to camp 10 years earlier) and a knapsack.
(It's kind of mindboggling to think about what I've accumulated since then....)
Anyway, I brought only a few essential books (The Tao of Pooh, Free to Be You and Me, The New Our Bodies Ourselves [which a friend gave to me at my Aliyah party], Kodokan Judo, A siddur [prayer book] and a Chumash [Bible]).
I also brought my favorite game: Risk.
Sometime during my first or second year in Israel, I played my last Risk game.
It was while I was living in the Katamonim, back when we were the ONLY Angos living in the Katamonim. (If you walked down Antigonus Street and asked where the "Americaim" lived, you would be directed to our place).
We were four players. Three women (two Barnard graduates) and one man.
During the first half of the game, we women united and pushed our male friend off the map.
Then, we each conquered two continents and declared world peace.
Interestingly, we are ALL still friends today.
Obvious Conclusion: If women ruled, there would be world peace.
We played the ultimate Risk game.
It just doesn't get better than that.
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,
Rav Chaim Kanievsky on the hetter mechira
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