Many cultures have their own toast they make - we have ours. We say - l'chaim - to life!
Well, here's my toast to our adopted son...I hope to soon post Shmulik's as well, but for now - here is an amazing moment we were honored to share with Chaim at his Tekes Hashba'a - Swearing-in Ceremony. What you'll see is the moment he is handed his rifle and Bible - symbols of our land and our people and the struggle we find ourselves in...some 62 years and counting into our nation's rebirth.
We expected to see this - that was why we came to the ceremony. To share this moment with Chaim - knowing that his real family is so far away and that by coming, we were representing them (and, we hoped would capture the moment on video for them). Well, we had a surprise. Chaim's commanding officer reached up to his own shoulder as he stood before Chaim and unbuttoned the flap which held a tag of their unit - Kfir.
He approached Chaim and replaced Chaim's tag with his own. This is his way of honoring one soldier...and he had chosen Chaim! Watch Chaim's face. I've watched this a dozen times and each time he smiles, my heart warms. He came across the world to serve this land, which he loves so much. We were so proud of him, so honored to have shared this moment.
L'chaim - To Life!