Sunday, July 16, 2017

All in the Name, Part IV

Last week, the lil one finally got her name ... Alma* Gittel** Piha.

* Talya and I both really liked the name. The translation of Alma in Ladino is 'soul,' which we felt honored the woman Alma would be named after.

** We decided to honor Talya's late safta (grandmother), Gittel Ferber (nee Lustiger), who passed away earlier this year at the age of 94.  Safta was one of the most remarkable women I've ever met - from her survival in Poland during World War II ... to her dogged stubbornness to bring life into this world ... to celebrating & enjoying every breath she felt blessed to take ... to maximizing the time she had with the amazing family she felt so privileged to have.  Despite struggling to communicate with her - her Hebrew wasn't that good and my Yiddish non-existent - we 'got' each other and laughed together non-stop.  I will miss those laughs, and hearing my wife translate her stories of how despite all the hardships she faced, she was grateful for her lot ... and eternally grateful for being able to love her 2 children, 8 grandchildren & 12 great grandchildren.  She may not be with us anymore, but her soul is forever a part of our family's fabric.

Talya & I also thought that as well as honoring Safta, the combination of the names - one in Ladino and one in Yiddish - was a way of honoring our backgrounds, as they became one here in our homeland.


Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The New Arrival, IV

Talya and I are very happy to announce the arrival of our fourth child, a baby girl born this morning at 3:30am at Hadassah Ein Kerem. She weighed in at 3.85 kilos (!!!) ... Let the adventure begin!

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The name and more to follow probably ... stay tuned.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

All in the Name, Part III

During my son's brit milah this past Tuesday, the lil one got his name ... Oren* Reuben** Piha.

* Oren Stern z'l was my mother-in-law's late twin brother, who passed away at the age of 18 due to medical negligence while his family was on sabbatical in Israel. When I first heard of his tragic story, I felt it was important that Talya and I honor him in the future.

Oren's photographs always stood out to me - he was always smiling ... a powerful, exuberant smile. It wasn't surprising to hear from my mother-in-law and a family friend that he was always an upbeat, happy person. One of the stories that sticks out to me was that despite attending public high school, he never missed his morning prayers and always wore his tzizit.

Oren passed away at Hadassah Ein Karem in 1972 ... 42 years later, his namesake was born at the same hospital. May our Oren continue in the same path Oren Stern was following - one of happiness, strong connection to his family and being proud of his Jewish identity.

* We decided to honor my late Gramps, Rube (ראובן) Levitt, who passed away on the 1st day of Hanukkah last year (2013, תשע"ד). Gramps was a quiet gentlemen whom I miss dearly. It's a tremendous privilege for me to have Oren carry his name, and I hope he lives his life in the same humble, respectful manner that Gramps did.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The New Arrival, III

Talya and I are very happy to announce the arrival of our third child, a baby boy born this morning at 9:10am at Hadassah Ein Kerem. He weighed in at 3.24 kilos ... Let the adventure begin!

The name and more to follow probably ... stay tuned.

Monday, August 04, 2014

May their Memories be a Blessing, XII

Sec.-Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23, of Kfar Saba


Sunday, August 03, 2014

May their Memories be a Blessing, XI

Major Benaya Sarel, 26, of Kiryat Arba

St.-Sgt. Liel Gidoni, 20, of Jerusalem

Sergeant First Class (res.) Daniel Marash, 22, of Rishon Lezion

Capt. (res.) Liran Adir (Edry), 31, of Ezuz


Friday, August 01, 2014

May their Memories be a Blessing, X

St.-Sgt. Shay Kushnir, 20, of Kiryat Motzkin

Capt. Omri Tal, 22, of Yehud

St.-Sgt. Noam Rosenthal, 20, of Meitar

Sergeant First Class (res.) Daniel Marash, 22, of Rishon Lezion