Od Lo Avdah TikVateinu


We used to sing this strains from the Israeli nationwide anthem to tease our good friend Tiki — which is brief for Tikva which suggests hope in Hebrew. We’ve but to surrender hope… is the interpretation.

These phrases within the anthem maintain the collective reminiscence of the Jewish individuals, and the hopefulness comes despite our expertise, regardless of what has occurred to our individuals all through historical past.

Regardless of her identify, Tiki wasn’t as a lot about feeling hopeful as she was about creating it. I’ve to consider that. Tiki didn’t say ” I hope,” as a lot as she would say: “Yala…” That means let’s get to it — let’s make it occur NOW! or “Yala…” as in stop harping on it; or “Yala,” as in recover from your self.

In order we attain the top of Yom Kippur and the Heavenly Gates begin to shut, and the Guide of Good Deeds, the place we hope to be inscribed stays open on the Heavenly Desk, I attempt to think about the power, the stamina, the willpower, the braveness Tiki embodied, all along with her smile and humorousness. Within the above I’m strolling behind her, after her braids however earlier than her hair turned white. We’re strolling to our homes within the Ravakia I feel.

In honor of Tiki — this yr I’ll perform a little much less hoping to do my half for the refugees from Syria, the survivors of the Hurricane in Haiti. the survivors of victims of murder I work with in Boston, and my two sons, one who survived the Civil Warfare in Sierra Leonne; the opposite from a distinct type of battle zone altogether. They by no means make it simple for me to assist them.

And possibly after I’m tempted to whine, or really feel burnt out, or again away from my obligations I’ll remind myself — WE HAVE NOT YET LOST OUR TIKI. No we by no means will. In physique sure however by no means in spirit. I walked along with her years in the past. I hope to maintain strolling along with her sooner or later.

Initially revealed on Bullet Proof Therapist


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