you at Sinai
By HILLEL GOLDBERG IJN Executive Editor
I am told that there is a Jewish singles online dating service called sawyouatsinai.com.
unique moment of revelation at
In other words, the Jewish singles already met. They just need now to re-meet.
family tree, by identifying links in the chain stretching back to
Often one hears this at a shiva house: “There are gaps in our family history, but now that so-and-so has passed on, we have no one else to ask. Why didn’t we ask when we had the chance?”
Years ago, instead of giving standard gifts to my children for Chanukah, I put in months of research and presented each of them with a family tree; one year, for my side of the family, the next year, for my wife’s side. On her side were many gaps, since many were lost in the Holocaust. Still, I tracked down the names and at least some of the dates of about 250 relatives previously unknown to us.
forward to January, 2006. Our eldest son arrives at
Why did this happen to him?
the taxi is a chasidic Jew from
“Yitzhak Zev Marcus.”
Our son says: “You mean, Yitzhak Zev, ha-levi!”
My son reveals to this total stranger his tribal ancestry!
Our son is not a psychic. He simply says: “Because we’re cousins.”
Our son: “You tell me!”
The chasid thinks a few moments and then identifies my wife’s mother — maiden name Marcus.
My son had remembered the name, Yitzhak Zev ha-levi Marcus, his great-great-grandfather, from the family tree.
A missed flight brings together two total strangers in a taxi: related to each other because their ancestors stood at Sinai.
the family wedding a week later, we learn that the distant cousin sitting
across from us at the table is none other than the
at the wedding, the
It reads “Yitzhak Zev ha-levi.”
Died in 1920, remembered and reconnected in 2006 — alive in his descendants, who, like him and like his own ancestors before him, celebrate, day by day, the revelation at Sinai.