Floods, Funerals, Firsts…..

This sure was a week of “F’s”….The third and biggest Houston Hurricane in the past years which left much destruction, death, and despair.  My daughter’s in-laws having gone through this twice before in recent years knew that they were definitely in the flood zone, so along with their cute little dog, they went to a hotel.  However, their son with 3 children including twin babies thinking that they would be safe on the second floor, had to be evacuated by boat…

While in the midst of my wonderful “shiurim”{classes} Sunday morning, I got the shocking news of 2 funerals from the Efrat community, one of whom was a distant cousin…one was a popular Rav who had been in a coma for several years; the other relatively young and sudden leaving a young wife, children and parents…I went to that very sad, emotional funeral, filled with family, friends, community members from many walks of life…In fact, a reunion of those we had not seen in many a year…May Hashem give them the strength they need to carry on…..

Today is the first official day of school in Israel…As we see our little grandchildren excitingly get ready for this big day…buying new backpacks, clothes, shoes, supplies, there is such a feeling of pride and hope for the future.  Us parents and grandparents have been looking forward to our “freedom” from babysitting, having noise and commotion around the house, and happy to get back to our usual routine!

May this new month, new time of year be the start of many new hopes, dreams come true, with much Health, Happiness, Hope…..




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