Arrivals: Following the trail to Israel

22.10.2011                      24.Tischrei. 5772                       Bereschit

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Arrivals: Following the trail to Israel

A journey from a sheep farm in Oregon through the ‘paradise’ of Naples, Florida has ended up in the Israeli desert.

It’s been nearly 31 years since Judith Clara Specker (now called Yehudit) and Ross Nichols Anderson (now Yitzhak) met in an Oregon savings bank. Since then, they’ve raised three children, worked in finance and manufacturing, run a dairy sheep farm, kept honeybees, and finally made aliya.
The twists and turns of their already extraordinary lives nearly reached a dead end in 2002, when Ross was diagnosed with an aggressive form of myelogenous leukemia and was given only a 15 percent chance of survival, at best.
His condition worsened to the point where he lay in a coma in intensive care for six months. The doctors summoned Yehudit one night to say her final good-bye. Instead, she rested a hand on her dying husband’s back and prayed aloud….