Friday, October 14, 2016

Out of the Mouths of Babes....

"Moreshet Avot" (our Fathers' Heritage) synagogue

inside the synagogue

We've just celebrated  The High Holidays: Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) . 

I have several prayer books that belonged to my late parents. A few years ago I tried to donate the books to the synagogue in our town. My parents were faithful members of that institution ; their names were immortalized on the Remembrance Wall in the building's entrance.

The guy there was reluctant about the donation. A kid about 10-12 years old who was with him (probably his son ) said to me:
'Lady, keep these books; they'll protect you, they'll keep you and your house safe and well'.
I stood speechless. Why didn't I think about that? Such wise words coming from a young boy!

During the Holidays I read at home, out of what used to be my mother's book, and feel good, even proud about that.


  1. Wonderful
    Kisses for you
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  2. Happy Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. I hope you had good days. I think children are often wiser than we think, this kid for sure. Hope all is well with you

  3. Marja,

    Thanks for the wishes. We're now facing an extention of the two High Holidays - the joyous Sukkot holyday (7 days) followed by a two days festival Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. During Sukkot, people are eating and drinking in a 'sukka' (booth) - temporary dwelling in memory of the period of wandering in the desert.

  4. Sharon Wagner,

    Indeed, he knew that parents and prayers are a good "recipe" for protection.

  5. Dear Duta, Where did this year go so fast? Yesterday Renee and I went for a drive and lunch, the colors were breath taking, we had our dogs and the owner of the Greek Cafe kept coming
    out with turkey treats for the dogs. This morning it was freezing, and windy. There go my leaves.
    I lost my wonderful husband 2002 Oct 8th. I miss him so much. He was so smart and kind.
    Wishing you a good year and lots of love. Shanah Tovah
    Hope I spelled it correct.

  6. La Petite Gallery,

    Shana Tova to you too! I wish you many drives, walks and lunches with your daughter Renee and the cute dogs! Your late wonderful husband is watching you from above with love.

  7. Thank you for your visit and kind. Helpful hopeful words.

  8. Linda O'Connell,

    We both mentioned prayers in our post this week. We're both aware of the power of prayer. Hope prayers will help your son overcome his health problem.

  9. Happy Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur to you, Duta! Lovely photos. :)

  10. Linda,

    Thank you for your kind words. We're now in the extention of the High Holidays. After the dramatic Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur - now the joyous Sukkot (booths)and Simchat Torah holidays. Let's all pray and hope for a Good Year.

  11. this place looks great ,
    impressive photos
    best wishes dear

  12. baili,

    If you mean the synagogue in the picture, yes, it's a beautiful building and the interior quite impressive. Thanks for the wishes.

  13. Out of the mouth of Babes is right! What a wise young man. I wish more people would realize that. You know that I worked in funeral service for many years and so many people would give away, throw away or donate items that belonged to the deceased person and then in later years they regretted having done so. I'm glad that these items now bring you peace and protect you. Great story. What a beautiful synagogue.

  14. Ah what a great thing to read, a way to feel closer to them

  15. Alicia,

    Thank you for your kind words.
    I'm sure people regret parting from things which had belonged to the deceased. There's a custom to donate clothes of the dead, but sometimes people do it too soon after the departure of their loved one. The first year has to be a grieving year, and it's not appropriate at all to deal with his belongings.

  16. Kim,

    "..a way to feel closer to them" - well put! I feel good while reading in my mother's book because it makes me feel closer to her. On those times when I browse through my father's books I feel closer to him.

  17. Happy Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, Duta, and enjoy the extended period! It's astonishing sometimes how children think and are right on spot saying things, love their innocence and honesty when they talk.
    It's wonderful that you have the prayer books bringing you peace of mind reflecting. I know I gave away something of my dad's that I regret every day.
    I bet the synagogue is gorgeous inside. Take care and have a good weekend!

  18. It's a wonderful time of year for celebrations in many faiths! Something to do with year end, perhaps.
    I loved it when my classrooms were filled with kids who shared them all with all of us!

  19. Pam,

    Thanks for your kind words. Children sometimes surprise us with their witty remarks, and in this case the boy's emphatic words were in contrast to his father's reluctance. He actually taught me an important life lesson.

  20. Jenn.Jilks,

    You're right. Fall, the end of the year, and celebrations go well together in many faiths. These celebrations could be quite exhausting if they come one after another, but we're used to it and welcome this kind of exhaustion.

  21. Out of the mouth of babes!!!! That boy is smarter then even his father. What a beautiful thing he said and so glad Duta, you heard and kept the books and get comfort from reading from your mom's book.

  22. Nikki (Sarah),

    I was not only impressed by the boy's words, but also by the tone of his voice; it sounded persuasive.

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    Hope you're doing well!

  24. jeannettestgermain,

    Hi Jeannet,
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  27. I bet those prayer books meant so much to your parents, Duta. I still have things that belonged to my mom that I can never part with.

    Have a good Friday and weekend, dear.