The Good, The Bad, The Ugly..
02 April '17..
Like many of you, I've been cleaning, sorting and finding the unexpected these days.
Yesterday, a birthday card that the entire family gave our Malki on her 11th birthday turned up. Each of us had written our wishes and mine read:
"My Dearest Mali,
You are a constant source of נחת [Hebrew: pleasure] to us - may you continue in your דרך [Hebrew: way] until מאה ועשרים שנה years [120 years is the traditional Jewish wish for a full lifespan] in good health... And not to worry about a profession; you seem blessed with the skills of an extremely competent עוזרת [Hebrew: cleaning lady - she always tidied up after me] as well as a very talented finder. [She always located the many items I constantly misplaced]. What more can one wish for? Of course, if those fields don't pan out for you there are always those musical, mathematical and artistic talents to fall back on (though we'd be understandably disappointed in that event). In the meantime, עלי והצליחי [Hebrew: Rise and succeed] and enjoy!
She only lived another four and a half years. The pain of longing for her is indescribable.
But there is another pain that I can convey. Its source is the injustice of her murderer's freedom and continued incitement to kill more Jews. And the sympathy she garners from the mainstream media.
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