Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A Caterpillar and An Anthem

Daniel Gordis made aliyah from the United States to Israel about 10 years ago. In the just distributed column, A Caterpillar and An Anthem, he writes,
"We didn’t mean to, but we lied to our kids. Almost ten years ago, shortly after we made aliyah, we were sitting with our three young children having dinner. One of the boys, still getting used to the idea that his life was going to be very different in Israel, looked up from his food, and asked out of nowhere, “Is Israel still going to have an army when I’m eighteen?”

He was scared. But we knew that he had no reason to be. “Yes, there’ll be an army,” we told him. “But there’s going to be peace by then. By the time you’re eighteen, everything’s going to be different. You’ll see.” I still remember how certain we were, and how relieved he looked."

I believe Gordis has learned as much from his kids, about whom he writes often, as they have learned from him. We should all be so lucky.

Read the full column here

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