Epilogue – 18 Years Later

Once upon a time there were two friends, who nurtured their souls amidst the golden stones of the Old City. Returning to the place of their birth, they both knew that they wanted to make the journey back home.  After awhile they found their chosen ones, and from two friends longing to go home they became two pairs.  Soon each pair became three, as G-d blessed each with a first born son.

 The dream of going home continued to burn brightly, but fear came to visit and put doubts in their way.

“How will you make a living? It is so much harder there!”

One couple decided that they had to work harder, and they picked up the obstacle in their path and carried it with them.

The other couple decided that they would work hard, but that Hashem would provide the rest. In this way they stepped over the obstacle put in their path, and continued on their way home.

Fear tried again.

“Your children will grow up without grandparents! How can you leave them?”

One couple stopped to think, and their sorrow overwhelmed them. The dream kept calling, though, so they picked up the second obstacle and made their way slowly forward.

The second couple paused to think. “Sometimes the elders lead the way, and sometimes the younger ones. We’ll hope that they follow us home.” Stepping around the second obstacle, they continued on their way.

Fear tried one more time.

“Your sons will need to join the army. How can you put them in harms way?”

The first couple stopped, clutching their baby tightly in their arms.

“These burdens are too heavy – we cannot carry them all” they thought. Fear gave a laugh of triumph as they reluctantly turned their back on the dream.

The other couple stopped  – and they too clutched their baby tightly in their arms. Fear held his breath as they struggled to find a way around, and smiled in momentary triumph as they stopped.

“This burden we cannot ignore”, they thought. With grim determination they picked this up and carried it with them. “There are others who carry this burden too. If Hashem helps them carry it, He will help us too.”

And the second couple made it all the way home.

This post was written after a visit from old friends – who once shared the dream. I wish a happy and healthy New Year to all of my readers – one with many blessings, and no regrets.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tnspr569
    Sep 09, 2007 @ 21:42:27

    Wow. Beautiful. Inspiring and also slightly frightening for those of us who are still making their ways back Home.

    Shana tova!

  2. A Simple Jew
    Sep 10, 2007 @ 17:13:56

    That indeed is a beautiful New Year’s blessing.

  3. muse
    Sep 16, 2007 @ 07:45:17

    very special
    Shannah Tovah

  4. westbankmama
    Sep 17, 2007 @ 08:23:50

    thank you Muse.

  5. aliyah06
    Sep 18, 2007 @ 12:47:34

    Wonderful!

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