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A Love Letter to the Grandparents of Israel

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Israel is an ancient land, the home to an ancient people. But modern Israel is still a relatively young nation, writes Sarah Tuttle-Singer, whose pioneers of yesterday are the grandparents of today:

And today, Israel is STILL a young country where most people are STILL young enough not to know better — where we benefit from that generation who gained their wisdom in tents, in the field and on their feet, running, dreaming, seldom sleeping.

And this is the first real generation where almost every Israeli child has grandparents who themselves had parents who raised them — the first time where there are three, even FOUR generations in a room together, from generation to generation at weddings, or bar mitzvahs, at the park, or on a beach.

And today, during the last gasp of summer “vacation,” how grateful I am that my kids are planting seeds with their Safta in her garden. Or maybe they’re sewing a puppet, or playing in the park, or reading stories in our ancient language.

Oh GOD, I am grateful, for the wonderful, incredible grandparents we have today — who live and love unconditionally, and forge a new way so our children will know what it’s like to have grandparents, so that they will know how to BE grandparents, too.

Tags: Life in Israel , IFCJ

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