Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Someone I like

The stories and photos you all send me are amazing and have enriched my life tremendously. Here's another wonderful knitter and human being, Ruth from Toronto. And what a smile!

Ruth writes, "Since retiring in 2003, I have been a volunteer at Mt. Sinai Hospital in downtown Toronto. I volunteer every Tuesday at a desk on the outpatients floor, directing patients to their respective appointments. I can almost finish a hat in the 6 hours that I am there. People stop and ask what I'm knitting. It's quite a conversation piece and I've given a few people the website address..."

Isn't she great? Thank you, Ruth, and all you other inspirational knitters out there!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Good Luck, Guys!

Sixty-one boys from Otniel, a Hesder Yeshiva in southern Israel, are to be drafted to the army this coming week. They'll be serving in three different units: tanks, Kfir (an elite infantry unit) and field intelligence (that's when you live in a bush for 3 days at a stretch, keeping watch on the area). They're all pretty rigorous, and not a lot of fun. Since both my sons attended the yeshiva in Otniel, I have warm feelings for the place so when one of my sons suggested that it'd be nice to distribute hats to all those being drafted, I couldn't refuse.

Here's a sweet thank you note and photo they sent back (the original note, in Hebrew, is below. This is my rough translation):

To Channah Koppel and her dear friends,

Our class in Otniel Yeshiva is being drafted into the army this month and this week we received the woolen hats you knit. We just wanted to say thank you very much for the hats, they are amazing and much nicer than any others we’ve ever seen! May you merit many mitzvoth! (good deeds)

Here’s a photo of some of us with the hats…

לחנה קופל וחברותיה היקרות!

השיעור שלנו בישיבת עתניאל הולך להתגייס בחודש הקרוב לצבא והשבוע קיבלנו מכם את כובעי הצמר שסרגתם. רק רצינו להגיד ממש תודה רבה על הכובעים, הם ממש מהממים והרבה יותר יפים מכל כובע צמר שראינו אי פעם!

תזכו למצוות!

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