As most of you know, and like many of you, I have not seen my mother, two of our kids, or our new granddaughter in over a year. The plan was to leave in a few days, visit all of them, and have Passover together in Detroit, where one lives.
The airport in Israel was closed – and now it’s open. But it may close again. Our COVID numbers change, too – sometimes they’re up, and other times they’re down. Each day, the news is different, often depending on how the government votes. I know that their goal is to keep us safe, and I respect that. But what about our plans?!
There is a Yiddish expression: “Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht”– Man Plans, G-d Laughs.
Do we go and risk not getting back in? Today it looks good that it would be possible, but we see it changes constantly. We have no home in the U.S., so it would mean living with friends for….who knows how long?
Although I can see both sides (after all, I am a Libra), my husband and I are not exactly on the same page with this, and so I have made a decision to choose… Shalom Bayit. Yes, I teach that when you choose Shalom, peace, in a marriage, you never lose. I have seen it time and time again. It’s time not to “just talk,” but walk.