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Moving On, Staying Strong

As Told to Riva Pomerantz

I was a regular, well-adjusted girl with a great, happy childhood, good friends, and a stable home. Definitely more on the practical, down-to-earth side, not “mushy gushy” like some of the other kids in my class, and with a touch of tomboy in me — a result of being sandwiched between two brothers — I did well in school and looked forward to going to the seminary of my choice in Eretz Yisrael.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Seminary was a new experience, of course, and I can’t say it wasn’t an adjustment, especially because, unlike many of the girls in my school, I didn’t have any family members nearby to bail me out for those Shabbosim and Yamim Tovim. The precious gift I received during my seminary year was my brother Donny, who had come to learn in yeshivah in Israel. Although we had never been particularly close, there’s nothing like a little loneliness to bond a brother and sister, and Donny and I came to enjoy our weekly schmooze sessions, and even the occasional Shabbos together.

My year flew by, and before I knew it, it was Pesach.

“Donny’s coming home for Pesach,” my mother announced on the phone, to my chagrin.

“Whaaaat?” I hollered miserably, remembering that I still had to arrange my second Seder plus half of Chol HaMoed. “How come he gets to come home and I need to stay?”

“Boys are different,” Ma said matter-of-factly, and the conversation was closed.


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