Mrs. Fishbein

“About 13 years ago, my daughter and her family moved from Boca Raton to Israel. At first I thought I had done something wrong, because otherwise, why would they leave me? I didn’t want to feel proud. I preferred they stay here in Miami with me, and this is how I felt for a very long time. But over the years, I’ve come to understand why she decided to move and I’ve accepted it. It’s because Israel is our home. For 2000 years, we have been longing to return to our homeland, and my daughter has done it. It’s not that she didn’t love me, it’s that she loved Israel. I no longer feel sad, at least most of the time, that they are so far away. I actually feel the opposite. I have raised Zionist children, and there is no greater accomplishment as a Jewish mother than that. I now have a grandson in the army and he is right in the front lines. Every single day of my life I wake up, look at Israeli news, and I feel scared, but at the same time I feel proud. I think more proud than scared. It’s a wonderful feeling.”

– Mrs. Fishbein, 7th Grade English Teacher

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