Today is my dad’s 16th yarzeit. That means that he died 16 years ago today according to the Jewish calendar. I can’t believe he is gone so long. He was a gentle and kind man with amazing blue eyes. I always learned a lot from him. He taught me the real meaning of being color-blind. He didn’t see someone’s race–only the fact that they were a human being. He didn’t see or was influenced by someone’s station in life. Rich or poor my father treated everyone the same–with kindness and respect.
He was a quiet man and I don’t think I heard him raise his voice even 10 times!
He worked so very hard for his family often putting aside his own dreams for his parents, wife and kids.
I remember him today with deep love and fondness. I remember him today for the mensch that he was. I remember him and honor him for teaching me the meaning of tzedakah. I remember and honor him for being an wonderful father who made up special stories for me. I remember him today and everyday for being so loving and accepting. Thank you Dad. I really really miss you.