Friday, February 13, 2009

Erev Shabbos #10- A Matter of Luck

Well, in the 20 or so minutes I have until NBD wakes up, I thought that now would be a good time to post.
This Erev Shabbos is more hectic than most, with guests from Chutz L'aaretz arriving every 3 hours, and a Kiddush to prepare.

But, taking a few minutes to step back and realize- I'm so lucky to be here in E"Y.

I'm lucky enough to be able to set up a kiddush for NBD, not on the same scale as a Kiddush in the US, but something beautiful, for the men and women to come to and enjoy.

I'm lucky enough to have neighbors that continuously drop platters of food at my door, hoping that they were the first, and the last 4 people's food had been eaten already.

I'm lucky to be here, staring out at my window, at the gorgeous view of the hills surrounding Yerushalayim.

And, I'm lucky enough to have given birth to my first 'Sabra'- someone who's first breath of air was the air of Yerushalayim. It's a phenomenal concept to me- how much I'm in love with this city.

I love the dirt and dust that washes off every stone in this glowingly white city. I love the trees, the sky, and the air.

And, I'm lucky enough to spend Shabbos here, a time of total Menucha (rest), and a time to reflect on how lucky we are.

Mazel- luck. So when we wish someone Mazel Tov, we wish them good luck, in essence. We wish them that the luck they have had from Hashem until now should continue.

And that's what I wish you all. A Gut Shabbos, and Mazel Tov.
That you should realize just how lucky you are, no matter where you are in the world.


tembow said...

well NMF7, you've done it again! great post! and your daughter surely is lucky, for 2 reasons:
1- because like you said, her first breath was of eretz yisrael air- and she'll be really smart because of that!! :)
2- because she's your daughter!

Bas~Melech said...

That was so beautiful. [snif]

nmf #7 said...

Tembow- I'm blushing :-)
Thanks for the compliment. But I'm lucky to have NBD, not the other way around!
Although there is something to be said for Avira D'Eretz Yisroel (the air of Israel), you have to work at it, and 'absorb' the air quality. It's not inherent. I'm one of those who believes you can get that whiff of air always, no matter where you are.

Bas~Melech- Blushing yet again.
Thanks for the compliment.