Elie's Expositions

A bereaved father blogging for catharsis... and for distraction. Accordingly, you'll see a diverse set of topics and posts here, from the affecting to the analytical to the absurd. Something for everyone, but all, at the core, meeting a personal need.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

L'hitraot, Ben

"All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go
I'm standing here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye"
- Peter, Paul, and Mary "Leaving On A Jet Plane"

Ben left for Israel this afternoon, on the group flight for the Yeshiva where he'll be studying this year, Torat Shraga. There were lots of crying mommies - and quite a few of us daddies were doing a very poor job of hiding it.

Hatzlacha, Ben. We'll miss you more than you can imagine. May God grant that you grow and learn and make the most of this opportunity.

L'hitraot - see you soon!


At 8/29/07, 5:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, any plans of you visiting Israel this year, then?

At 8/29/07, 12:05 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

So I see that a number of the Rebbaim are related to the Freshman Rebbaim from YU when we started 29 years ago!

I remember Moshe Nechemia as a child. When I went to Rabbi Reichman's for meals he often knew the Parsha better than I did!

At 8/30/07, 10:59 AM, Blogger Miriam L said...

Gosh, it's hard to let them go, but sounds like a wonderful learning opportunity.

At 8/30/07, 1:31 PM, Blogger Lady-Light said...

I know that feeling so well. But we have to let them go, and grow...
may Ben have a gevaltike year in Israel.
And may we all make Aliyah in the great kibbutz galuyot to come.
K'tivah ve-Hatimah Tovah!

At 8/31/07, 1:23 AM, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

It sounds like a great experience for him.

At 9/3/07, 10:41 AM, Blogger Ezzie said...

Hmm, someone else (I'm thinking a blogger) was just telling me their brother was going there... ah well, can't remember. B'hatzlacha!

At 9/3/07, 6:16 PM, Blogger Shira Salamone said...

You too? We just shipped ours off for his PhD.

Lady-light is certainly right: We raise our baby birds to learn to fly, take off, and leave the nest--and we deal with empty-nest syndrome afterward. It comes with the parenting territory.

Here's wishing Ben a great, enjoyable, and meaningful year with lots of learning.


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