Uncle Ben

Dan is the cousin of my father. Dan loves to learn the history of the family names and family tree.

On Sunday, I came to Dan’s synagogue. There was a re-union there. I was very excited because I love the family history and I thought there were going to be many family stories. I saw my great-uncle Ben. He was the patriarch. he was 100 years old. I went to his table with an article from 1926.

Talya and family

“Uncle Ben”.

Ben’s friend saw me and said, “Hello, I’m Clara.”

“I’m Talya, Gert’s granddaughter”

“Oh, Ben, look, this is Gert’s granddaughter”

I gave Ben the article. It was about Ben and his running team. Ben read the article, looked at me and asked “Where did you find this?”
I told Ben where I found the article and Ben told me about his team and track running.

I sat with Ben and Clara several hours. I loved them very much.
Mom called me and said that we have to leave. I hugged Ben and Clara, and Clara said “I hope to have a granddaughter just like you”. Tears escaped from my eyes. I sat down near Uncle Ben, I hugged him and he gave me a kiss.

I will remember the feeling of the kiss on my cheek all my life.
Two months later Uncle Ben died. When I heard about his death I put my hand on my cheek and remembered Ben’s last kiss.

Read the original Hebrew article

Talya Housman

Teacher: Zmira Rivlin

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