I have to thank everyone who made my birthday so special today with their kind wishes. I tried to answer every one of them, and apologize if I missed anyone. I truly am blown-away by all of your kindness.
Sixty seven years ago, two young Polish Jews, having lost their families and most of their friends, having miraculously survived Auschwitz, wandered to Germany in their desire to leave Europe for Israel. Unfortunately, Mom became ill at my birth and the only safe haven was the United States. We came here, two young non-English speaking immigrants and a baby and by hard work and determination, my parents became successful.
I am truly grateful that this is where we ended up. As I look back on my life, I feel very blessed I was not born a few years earlier in a land torn by the madness of hate. I thank God for America every day. And I thank God for the public education that allowed me to have the best career I could have ever wanted so that I could try to make a difference in the lives of children. I am proud so many of my students, now my friends, put me in their thoughts and prayers today. It was awesome!