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I come from love.
I come from two people who would have given me the world if it was in their power to be able to do so.
I come from two parents who made sure to tell me every day and every night "I love you" and showered me with affection.
I come from being accepted for who I am by my parents.
I come from two parents who supported me no matter what I did and taught me right from wrong, good from bad.
I am loved.

I come from survivors; my grandparents were all Holocaust survivors.
I come from genetically speaking being 98% Ashkenazi Jewish; of having grandparents and parents born and raised in Poland and the Ukraine.
I come from a love of Judaism, G-d, and a love of Israel, the country my parents grew up in; no matter where I go, I stand with Israel.
I come from my parents making sure I not only spoke English but to also be fluent in Hebrew, the language of their heart, their people.
I come from immigrants who wanted to make sure their children had better lives than they had.
I come from generations of people who fought for what they believed in and won.
"Never Forget."

I come from being a first generation American; born in Washington D.C. and raised in Maryland.
I come from hating my home state as a child to being a die-hard Marylander.
I come from a sense of wanderlust and a love for home.
I come from a land where we scream the words "O" and "Red" when singing the Star Spangled Banner; a land of history, Old Bay, and Crabs.
I come from being proud of being Jewish, Polish, Israeli, American.
I am all the parts that make up a whole; that make up who I am.

Date: 2017-01-31 04:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unbound-spirit.livejournal.com

I'm Ashkenazi also :) My mom's parents came to NY from Russia (the area they are from is actually Ukraine in present day, but when they left, it was all part of Russia). I'm also in love with Israel. I've been there three times now, most recently this past summer when my husband and I went there to pray for children. Seems our prayers were heard! We both really want to learn Hebrew as well. I know a little. I was married previously to an Israeli, but he didn't have the patience to teach me, so I just picked up as much as I could. My husband and I look forward to going back to Israel after our daughter is born.

Date: 2017-01-31 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xlovebecomesher.livejournal.com
Yay for Ashkenazi Jews! My grandmother on my dad's side I learned recently was actually from Ukraine - but when my grandmother was living it was all Russia so my dad told me that she was from Russia.

That is awesome that you took your children to pray in Israel! I hope one day when I have children I will take my children to Israel as well.

Hebrew is such a wonderful language - if you ever have Hebrew questions, let me know!

When is your daughter due?

Date: 2017-01-31 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unbound-spirit.livejournal.com
She's due June 23rd :) This is our first. We went through a year of fertility treatments after the frustrating diagnosis of "unexplained infertility," which basically just means we're completely healthy and they couldn't figure out why it wasn't working. After three failed IUIs, two cycles of IVF and a miscarriage, we decided to go to Israel to pray for children, and less than a month after returning home, I got pregnant the old-fashioned way, which feels very much like a miracle.

Date: 2017-01-31 11:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lynn82md.livejournal.com
What is "Ashkenazi" mean? Is it a denomination of Judaism or is it something else? (Sorry, I don't know much about Judaism...even if I have a few relatives that are)

I come from a land where we scream the words "O" and "Red" when singing the Star Spangled Banner; a land of history, Old Bay, and Crabs.
Same here :) I'm a proud Marylander

Date: 2017-01-31 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xlovebecomesher.livejournal.com
Ashkenazi refers to Jewish people of Central or Eastern European descent (Germany, Poland, Hungary, Russia, etc). It is typically contrasted with Spharadic Jews who are Jewish people of Spanish, Portuguese, or Middle Eastern descent (also includes African Jews).

Date: 2017-01-31 12:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dimity-blue.livejournal.com
This is beautiful. ♥

Date: 2017-01-31 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] promiseoftin.livejournal.com
I like this. :) Thanks for sharing your story.

Date: 2017-02-04 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xlovebecomesher.livejournal.com
I'm glad you like!

Date: 2017-01-31 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anchored.livejournal.com
I love this. What a beautiful idea ♥

Date: 2017-01-31 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] night-owl-9.livejournal.com
Wonderful work! :)

Date: 2017-02-04 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xlovebecomesher.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

Date: 2017-02-01 04:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penpusher.livejournal.com
A wonderful, personal, powerful piece.

Date: 2017-02-04 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xlovebecomesher.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

Date: 2017-02-01 12:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adoptedwriter.livejournal.com
Great entry!

Date: 2017-02-04 03:51 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-02-01 02:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kajel.livejournal.com
What a wonderful story this tells. Nicely done.

Date: 2017-02-04 03:50 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-02-01 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halfshellvenus.livejournal.com
There is so much good fortune in your upbringing, and in your past. To think that you're one of the products of four Holocaust survivors is amazing!

Date: 2017-02-04 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xlovebecomesher.livejournal.com
My grandparents were quite amazing :)

Date: 2017-02-01 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rayaso.livejournal.com
You have a fascinating heritage, and I'm sure you never will forget.

Date: 2017-02-04 03:50 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-02-02 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] garnigal.livejournal.com
My sister-in-law is Jewish from Maryland as well. I love the shortness of the lines here.

Date: 2017-02-04 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xlovebecomesher.livejournal.com
Thanks!

Yay for Jewish Marylanders :D There's a lot of us here! Where in MD is she from?

Date: 2017-02-02 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bewize.livejournal.com
I really enjoyed this. It was beautiful.

Date: 2017-02-04 03:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xlovebecomesher.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

Date: 2017-02-03 07:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alycewilson.livejournal.com
I am struck by how similar our ideas were this week. Partially from doing genealogy this past year, I'm very aware of how much family history influences us.

Date: 2017-02-04 03:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xlovebecomesher.livejournal.com
I will have to check out your writing this week (I've had no time to check anyone's out this week yet). I had to do a project like this for one of my grad school classes for my introduction post (online class) and really liked that project. So when it came to this topic and I was trying to figure how to format my story, the project came to mind.

Date: 2017-02-04 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marlawentmad.livejournal.com

This is wonderful.

Date: 2017-02-06 02:22 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-02-04 02:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eternal-ot.livejournal.com
Nicely done. It was good to know about you through your poem :)

Date: 2017-02-06 02:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xlovebecomesher.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

Date: 2017-02-05 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dmousey.livejournal.com
Very nice. I enjoyed this. Hugs and peace~~~

Date: 2017-02-06 02:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xlovebecomesher.livejournal.com
Glad you liked!

Date: 2017-02-05 01:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] murielle.livejournal.com
I love this! It's so rich, and strong. It tells your wonderful story beautifully, proudly.

Great read!

(I stand with Israel too.)

Date: 2017-02-06 02:21 am (UTC)

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