Saturday, September 27, 2008


My Aunt Eleanor passed away last night in Israel. I'm sad. We're a small family, and it just got smaller. She was 80 and had been ill for a long time.. I'm glad I saw her one last time, when I visited her in late 2006 with my cousin Rich. Aunt Eleanor married an Israeli when I was 4 years old and moved to Israel, where she lived for 44 years in Bat Yam, a modest beachside suburb of Tel Aviv.  I owe quite a bit to my Aunt: my sister and I spent the summer with her when I was 9, my first real foreign experience, which made a deep impression on me and influenced greatly my career choice and adult life..

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