Yom shlishi, 12 Sivan 5774.
Sigh. I miss this man and his dear family. The hardest thing about being in Israel is the people who aren't.
Here is Joshua Eastman (aka Soldier Boy) covering John Legend's "All of Me." He's singing to his beautiful camerawoman, Chana Eastman (aka Executive Girl). I am sure her heart melted as did mine.
I heard this on my smartphone at the bus stop, waiting for a bus to Jerusalem. I started weeping a little, at this fine voice, at the passion behind it, at the missing of him...
And his baby brother Dani (also known as Sports Guy) came and gave me a hug. "He'll come back, Ema. Don't worry. He'll be back."
Then, as I boarded the bus, Josh called me -- a video call from America! -- on my phone. So I'm sitting on the bus, riding into the Holiest City on the planet, visually chatting with my son who is 6,604 miles away...
Thank God for all of these electronic ribbons with which we can keep ourselves tethered to those we hold dear. How did they manage in the pre-technology eras? It must have been heart-crushing.
See you soon, kids. In the meantime, keep singing to and for each other. As you add light to each other's lives, you will light up the world together!