Nowadays, even bumper stickers are telling us about grandchildren. But not many people are talking about their grandparents. My "grandparents" were wonderful, exceptional people. Their official biography has already been published, yet I would like to add a personal touch, from a "grandson." They are portrayed as "Biblical characters," but I prefer to think of them as the real people they were. Zeidy and Bubby sound more personal than Patriarch and Matriarch.  

 Zeidy Abraham was a curious young boy with an independent mind. He did some research and made his own discoveries. Although he didn't get a formal "Torah education," he observed every letter of the law. Once he made up his mind, nothing could stop him. G‑d's wish was his command, and he made great personal sacrifices for his ideals.

Zeidy and Bubby Sarah had an open home. They were very hospitable to wayfarers, offering food, drink and a com­fortable place to sleep. They reached out to their fellowman. They were very religious themselves, but that didn't keep them apart from others. On the contrary, Zeidy was concerned even for the very wicked, praying for them and doing his best to get them out of trouble.

Bubby was gentle yet strict. Her one child meant the world to her. She was very selective about her son's playmates, strongly insisting on a child safe environment, steering away from negative influences. Although she had a hard life, she knew how to laugh. Others may not have appreciated it, but that's an inside joke.

Zeidy and Bubby struggled a lot at first, moving often. They eventually settled down as pioneers in Israel, long before it became a country. They survived a famine and helped refugees and displaced persons during the war.

As the years went on, Zeidy was blessed with wealth, a good name and reputation, and a growing family. He was a caring father, a loving and listening husband. May Zeidy's and Bubby’s memory be a blessing to us all. By a loving grandson, Yisroel Rubin


This article is based on the  Biblical and Midrashic accounts of  the life of Abraham and Sara

© Rabbi Israel Rubin