To Ayelet Yakira Galena, z’l

Ayelet –

Who are you, that I’m sitting here crying openly in public while reading the tragic news your parents just posted?

I never met you, I never spoke to you, I never held you, but through you parents’ amazing capacity for sharing and including all of us – thousands of people across the world, mothers, fathers, fellow Jews, friendly non-Jews, Americans, Israelis, internationals, people who know your parents personally and people who don’t – in your family’s need, we got to know you and be with you and fall in love with you as you fought so hard the cruelty you were handed in life.

It makes me wonder, Ayelet, how a sweet pure thing can be born into such hardship. Even more, it makes me wonder how there are people in this world who would choose to bring that on children – through violence, through terror, through abuse – when instead they could serve our world’s children with kindness, care and love…

I hope all of us carry your memory forward, and appreciate every aspect of goodness, especially health, we should always see in ourselves, our kids, our families, while working together to ward off the bad that humanity tends to bring into the world, in ignorance or with purpose.

To your parents: may they be blessed with even more good in their lives, born from the goodness they had in you, Ayelet, which they will forever cherish… All three of you have been an inspiration in love and dedication.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

Fifty-Two Frames: Eyes.

During this week’s Fifty-Two Frames theme, I happened to take Bebe to the eye doctor for her first check. What I would have loved to capture was the pediatric eye doctor, who, if you can suspend disbelief for a second, was a Moroccan Colonel Sanders. He even mumbled with a sort of Southern bravado.

Week 4: Eyes

Look out a mile through someone else’s eyes… (and you’ll find that they really *do* need glasses).

Maurice Sendak teaches Stephen Colbert how to write a children’s book.

Oddly, I’m writing about Maurice Sendak twice in one month. But dude deserves it.

I guess he’s having his Betty White moment. Whatever the case, I’ll take any gem or pearl this wild thing has to offer.

Please allow yourself both parts of Sendak’s recent appearance on the Colbert Report, where genius of another type Stephen Colbert provides a great match to Sendak’s deadpan spin on life and writing…

Part 1

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 1
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Part 2

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 2
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Israeli gan system, here we come.

Yowsa. Seven years from the month I made aliyah, I’m registering my first kid to ‘gan trom trom chova’ (compulsory kindergarten registration).

The Israeli gan/school system baffles me. And I get the feeling it isn’t going to get any clearer any soon.

But fortunately, the education registration website experience was spectacular! Smooth form-filling, clear instructions, and it even – are you sitting down? – worked perfectly in Chrome!

Yep, in seven years, we’ve all come a long way.

Israel: Environmentally-encouraging?

Posted under a day ago, Israeli dude Evgeny Vainshtok Broitman shared a shameful scene he witnessed at יער הנשיא, a park off the 44 and 38, near Beit Shemesh. And while the crime is so disgusting, the fact that Evgeny decided to take the perpetrator up on it means there’s hope.

Apparently this guy proposed to his girlfriend at the park, using balloons, confetti, and paper signs. Either she said yes and then they fled the scene, or she said no and he burst into an angry storm of messing with nature and not cleaning up afterwards.

Either way, what Garbage McLitterface left behind is disgusting. People like that should be banned from public parks.

The story has already been shared over 1000 times through Facebook in 15 hours. People really seem to care. That’s encouraging. I wouldn’t call us Israelis environmentally-friendly yet, but I wonder if with some strong people power, we can get there. And chances are, the dude, even if he does realize he’s outed, that he won’t care. Fine. But again, the people power – that’s environmentally-encouraging.

We did my daughter’s Simchat Bat at Park Begin, outside Tzur Hadassah, and it was a bit littered when we got there, as is normal here, but when we left, we were sure to pack the garbage bags we brought and then dump them in the dumpster – 10 feet away. Sometimes it’s that easy, fellow Israelis.

Share the story with your friends in Israel and let’s see if this guy ever feels any shame.

UPDATE: The couple responds… especially after the story was posted in Ynet, NRG and Walla – ha!

They stated that it was too dark to clean up afterwards, and the guy who found it the next day acted really fast but they were meant to go back and clean it up in the morning.

KKL also put out a statement about the incident, considering they sent a team to do the cleanup.

Fifty-Two Frames: Reflections.

This week’s photo inspired by our getaway last week. Which feels like a year ago, since I’m already sick, my kids aren’t sleeping through the night, I have a ton of work on my plate, and well, it’s raining a lot.

Bla bla life is so hard when just last week we wined and dined with no kids around.

How many glasses does it take to enjoy a night of adult conversation, speculation and reflection – away from the kids?