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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-09-06

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Great Lakes & Rivers
Region, Hevra West



Ensuring the creative growth of
Conservative Judaism



Windows On The World


oth on a national and
big 4-0.
a personal level, we
His wife, Amal, wanted to
are hereby con-
throw him a surprise party.
fronting a dreaded
The party took place on the
date, the first anniversary of
roof of a 22-story building
Sept. 11, the day when an
diagonally across from the
unprecedented terror attack on
United Nations building. This
our country occurred.
view of the city is likewise
For my family, though, Sept.
magnificent. As I feasted my
11 incurred an added loss. For
eyes on the beautiful New
beneath its rubble was also
York City skyline, I could easi-
buried a very special place
ly spot the twin towers that
where very special memories
dominated it. If someone had
were made not so long ago.
told me right there and then to look
On the evening of Oct. 23, 1999,
well, because in a little more than a
my husband and I met with three of
month's time they won't be there any-
our sons and their wives to celebrate a
more, I would have thought that the
significant family milestone, our 40th
poor soul had lost his mind.
wedding anniversary. [It was] a long
Yet, alas, the hitherto unthinkable
and eventful journey that began in the
did happen and the two seemingly
city of Tel Aviv, the beloved city of my
invincible towers did collapse on the
birth and my youth, and continued in
morning of Sept. 11, 2001, taking
various places in America where my
with them thousands of innocent
husband's work took us.
human beings. Also gone forever is the
Our sons, who planned this small
unique restaurant where we made such
and intimate family celebration, chose
a beautiful memory. All that remains is
to have it in one of the most beautiful
a photograph of a happy and smiling
and unique places in New York. The
family enjoying itself in a place that
famous restaurant was so properly
not so long ago was happy and smiling
named Windows on the World, situat-
as well.
ed way up in one of the twin towers of
But this is not the only memento of
the World Trade Center.
that evening.
From its uniquely structured win-
When we visited our son Gilead's
dows, one could see, if not the world
home at the end of July on the occa-
as the name implies, at least one very
sion of the brit milah [circumcision] of
important and extremely beautiful part his firstborn son, he showed us a
of it — the city of New York with its
receipt he happened to find from a
magnificent skyline.
bookstore located next to the restau-
This was indeed an evening to
rant and that specialized in books on
remember and to cherish: The most
New York. We had bought a few books
delectable cuisine served to us by a
that evening and Gilead bought his
crew of very attentive waiters and wait- father a beautiful book on the Bronx,
resses; the unique atmosphere that per- where his father spent his youth and
vaded the place; but most of all, the
where we lived for many years. This
stunning view reflected from the win-
book is another reminder of a mean-
dows, which was even more magical
ingful place that ceased to exist after
that evening. The Empire State
Sept. 11.
Building was lit up in blue in honor of
Now, as a nation and as individuals,
the New York Yanke e s, who were play-
we have a new and extremely grim
ing the first of four games that were to
date in our calendar to memorialize,
bring them, their city and Mayor Rudy the 11th day of September. I still
Guiliani — an avid Yankee fan — the
don't know if and what shape and
World Series Championship.
form this memorializing will take. But
among other things, on that day we
should wear red, white and blue to
Back To New York
work or school, to show our support
Then, at the end of August 2001, we
for those who lost their lives on. Sept.
paid another visit to our beloved city,
11 and to honor the heroes who
where our four sons were either born
worked to save them and the families
or spent their formative years. This
left behind.
time, the reason of the visit was anoth-
Also, at noon, no matter where we
er family milestone. Our son, Alon-
are or what we are doing, we should
Yaacov, had reached what our sages
stop, put our hands to our hearts and
called "The Age of Wisdom," aka, the
say the Pledge of Allegiance aloud or in
silence, as well as recite a prayer for the
Rachel Kapen is a West Bloomfield
welfare of the country.
This sounds good to me. ❑

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