Morah Tova Sher

“My mom grew up as one of eight children, but she came out of the Holocaust as the only one standing. In 1946, after the war ended, she got on a boat headed to Palestine, but the ship was caught by the British and wasn’t allowed to sail under any circumstances. The ship was prohibited from sailing going down into Palestine and was stuck in its path until the US intervened. When my mother finally arrived in Palestine, she joined a kibbutz where she ended up meeting my father who was a Zionist. My whole life my parents were busy building the country and my house was like a revolving door: committees would come and go as they were always busy building the state of Israel. To them, the only thing that mattered was the state of Israel so that is what they spent all their time on. One day, during the Six Day War, I took a train home and my mother got very upset with me. She yelled at me to never take the train and I didn’t understand why. I thought it was funny and didn’t know why my mother was so angry but my dad came to me and said, “Don’t you ever laugh at your mother! You didn’t go through the war!” and at that moment I understood that this was reminiscent to her experience in WWII. Now, on Israel’s 70th birthday, I feel blessed to be a part of such an amazing Jewish community and understand why my parents put in so much hard work to building our home land. Happy Birthday Israel! עם ישראל חי!״”

–  Morah Tova Sher, High School Hebrew Teacher

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