I haven’t written a Good News Friday post for quite a few weeks now, so it’s way past time for a new installment.
Before I get to the tantalising part of my headline, here is a great video which was created by my nephew’s class in Modiin. The video shows my nephew Nadav’s class all declaring their readiness to serve in the IDF, considering it a privilege. It was made in response to the nasty open letter published by 63 12th graders who objected to their national service because object to the “occupation”. I truly think that they have a huge hole in their education despite having officially completed the full 12 years of schooling.
Watch the video below for a heart-warming remedy:
Kol hakavod to Nadav and his entire class for their patriotism, their loyalty and their level-headedness. The kids really are OK.
Happy New Ears
And now to my Happy New Ears update abotu my granddaughter Shaked who received cochlear implants just over 2 months ago. Since then she has made remarkable progress, with the implants being “mapped” (tuned, amplified etc.) and weekly speech therapy sessions.
Below is a video of the latest mapping session at Shaare Zedek. The technicians expand the sound frequencies received by the implants and watch Shaked for her reaction to make sure it is all working properly. Watch her point her little finger: ❤ 😍
And here she is at home, clapping her hands in response to her father clapping his hands. This may be completely routine for a hearing baby, but for Shaked this was a first and we are so excited!
She is a such a little darling and we are so proud of her! May her hearing and speech continue to grow quickly.
And one last item before I go. Today I have a very special birthday (not telling you how much!) and my family have been busying away in the background in complete secrecy for months working on my birthday party. Although I didn’t know anything definite I had caught whispers and hints, but I assumed it was all going to be cancelled since we are still in the mourning period for my late father-in-law z”l.
But mourning is suspended on Shabbat. So the entire party has been moved to Shabbat, and all my kids and grandkids have descended on Petach Tikva to help me celebrate! I was only told about it earlier this week so that I wouldn’t begin Shabbat preparations. We are all staying in the local youth hostel (even though I have a perfectly comfortable home nearby!) with meals at our shul hall.
The most astonishing thing about the whole party is that my entire family, from my parents through my siblings, my children, grandchildren and possibly even friends (I have no idea who is coming!) have not mentioned one word to me in all this time! This surely must be one of the great miracles of our age! 😛
It’s going to be fun. 😀 And noisy! 🙉
I wish you all a Shabbat Shalom