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Letters from Dotnuva (cont.)



Translated by Sara Mages

Haifa, 22.09.36  

Shalom Shulamit!

I received your letter. It is very nice of you to answer me before you received my answer to your pervious letter. Right now I am in Haifa. I came for Rosh Hashanah. I'm thinking of returning to Tel Aviv for the Sabbath. I took a little vacation, I'm sure that it won't hurt me. I am staying with Berta Goldberg. They have a nice successful son, but their financial situation isn't so great. Despite that, I feel very good with them, they are very pleasant people, mostly Beila. Avraham is also staying with them. I had a pretty good time. I walked, went to a café and to a movie. I was also in Bat-Galim, a 20 minuets journey from the city. The place is magnificent. It's located between the Carmel Mountain and the sea. There is a swimming pool there, and on Saturday they organized swimming competitions, diving and water polo. It was very interesting for me. We don't have such a thing in Tel –Aviv. In general, I like Haifa. Abroad they probably think that it is dangerous to cross the street. A big mistake, it is advisable not to travel out of the city to the Arabic neighborhoods, but there is no danger in the city proper.

Now my sister, tell me, what's up with you? I dreamt about you half an hour ago (G.A. says, how can you sleep, it is six thirty in the evening). Maybe it was the push I needed to sit and write you a letter. Probably the yearnings attack you often. What can I do, this too will pass. Where were you on Rosh Hashanah, with our aunt or with one of the uncles? I think that they don't make a big deal of the holiday. Oh well, it's not bad. You are not religious. In you letter you gave me a hint about America. Why all of a sudden? Is it influence from home or a sudden push on your side? Write me about it, I am interested to know. I also received a letter from home with a hint in it. They want me to ask Chaya Lipka how she returned to America (she's in Israel right now). The letter is full of concerns about me. Firstly, they want me to write them if I'm out of work, if so, they would send me money. Nice, what do you say. They will send me more money. By the way, I thank you for your will to help me, it isn't necessary. I have enough to live on. Secondly, they ask me if I want to come back home because of the riots here, of course, only for a short term. This is funny, will I return to Lita? What's new with you? Did you recover or you've lost weight. How the climate affects you? It's a little different from the European climate. It's probably hot where you live. Write me about your life now. Write me about everything.

Greetings from Vintzki, he is also in Haifa. He delayed my return to Tel-Aviv. He wants us to travel back together. I don't have any news. Everything as it was before.

Be well Freidale, write me an answer immediately, and I'll also try to be punctual.

Greeting to aunt and uncle.
Good-by my sister Shoshanna.

Don't write home that I was in Haifa, they'll probably be worried that I travel at this time.


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