Welcome to Loyal Reader #35, Sarah, of "SabaSarah!" Glad you were able to make it! Sarah has some Hungarian blood in her, and now I know the correct way to tell someone you don't speak Hungarian: "No frere jacques Hungarian." We have now moved into our late thirties with Loyal Reader #36 - SHANA....of SHANA. Welcome to our club!
Now, some of you may remember a while back, when aliyahbyaccident was chosen as a "beloved blog." The rules of the game, according to Baila, are to pass along the award to another blog. After some heavy thinking and soul-searching, I have decided to give this award to the mother of all aliyah blogs, my inspiration, and the reason we will never live next door to Nafi and Lisa: Arica "Factor" Saltzman! If you want an actual account of life in Israel - unlike this cynical snark-fest - hop on over to saltzmanlife. Arica, like all Real Israelis, is spending this summer in America, so you can get a first-hand perspective of an olah of 3 years faced with 8 weeks of non-stop Target-shopping. Fellow olim, make sure you have a napkin handy to wipe up all the drool. (I, personally, was salivating over Arica's ability to buy LARGE cups of coffee at Dunkin' Donuts.) So Arica, attach this picture to your blog to accept our formal recognition for the services you provide.
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish a happy birthday to my little brother, RABBI Aaron Leibtag, now the morah d'asrah of an actual shul with real people in it. (He can now retire the Little People Shul he's been playing with since his days at YU.) Since he is an important rabbi with a flock to tend, I will refrain from sharing with you 27 years of embarrassing anecdotes I have stored up. Really. I'm not going to share any stories. Not a one. Not even about the time when he.....See? I'm serious this time. Now that aliyahbyaccident has gone INTERNATIONAL, I have to be careful about whom I embarrass. Who knows how far the story about how he used to stick a red and white striped umbrella down his back, pretending it was his rifle, will travel? Oops. Sorry about that, Aars. No more, I promise. But to my Loyal Readers - don't worry, Dadz is still fair game.