After I posted that I am going on vacation, it occured to me that I just announced to the whole world that my house will be vacant.
Growing up in New York (OK, New Jersey, but my parents are New Yorkers...), letting people know you were going on vacation was like issuing an invitation to "come, break into my home, and steal all my stuff."
So, when a friend was looking for a place to crash in Jerusalem, I was thrilled to offer our home.
Being the paranoid person I am, I also worry about electrical fires, water leaks, and all sorts of other disasters that can destroy your home while you are away.
It is great to have someone I trust "hold down the fort."
With someone at home, I feel free; I can enjoy my vacation in peace.
So, if you call, and a strange man answers the phone, just leave a message. We will get it when we get back!
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,
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