There were two photos here…my brother asked that they come down. He is not so comfortable with digital writing.
My brother Rick is the tall one in the photo shaking hands with the short man, Shimon Peres, President of the State of Israel and I am kvelling(Yiddish word for beaming with pride,maybe even more than beaming- let’s say heart racing pride.) Sorry photos had to come down.)
Just last week, before I left for Aruba, we met for lunch and talked about this upcoming experience. I suggested that he scrunch down a bit. Peres is short and shrinking and Rick stands tall at 6,7. Yes, he still plays basketball at 56.
Rick is 6 years younger than I am and we share many things: a love of books, movies, his kids, and a passion for Israel. Our partners have taken us in different political directions (although he has moved to a more moderate position) and if he were shaking the hand of Netanyahu I would probably not be kvelling, maybe just smiling a little.
But it’s hard not to be proud of him. He’s passionate about his work and his new challenge that will take him to Israel. I think he fell in love with the country the day he first arrived, even before he met his future wife on a kibbutz. I followed Rick a few months later and the experience for me was life changing as well, even though I had to wait many years for Tuvia.
I wish I could call him now to get the conversation that goes with the photos. I’m sure a good chunk of it was in Hebrew.
Wow! I’m still kvelling and I need a few more hours of sleep to enjoy my last full day in paradise.