Susan Barth
Advocate for Marriage Education in Israel

Our Greatest Legacy to our Grandchildren — Eretz Yisrael

Rosh Chodesh Iyar 5778

My dearest Grandchildren,

I write this letter to you with a sense of pride on hearing from your mother that you created your own Israeli flags with the use of stickers and innovative materials, and you learned how to proudly wave the Israeli flag on this the 70th year of Israel’s birthday.

Our own aliyah journey to Israel was not so simple leaving family and friends when your mother was eight, but the sentiment that I did not want to make the mistake of the meragelim (scouts) (in the Torah portion of Shelach Lecha who disparaged the holy land and were punished with the 40 years of wandering in the desert) propelled me with a sense of urgency to be part of Israel’s destiny.

As I sat in our home in Beit Shemesh on this past Yom Hashoah, all of a sudden I was gripped by the need to go to the Kotel — half an hour before the siren would blaze announcing the two minute memorial for the six million. At some level, I wanted to be on the bus to Jerusalem at the time of the siren and witness for myself the pulling over of the buses and cars on the most traveled road Route 1 between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and see how we as a nation commemorated Yom Hashoah. And witness it I did with a sense that we are a nation of survivors with a mission to preserve the Jewish people at all costs.

And then at the Kotel, Hashem understood my need and cleared an area at the wall just for me to hold and kiss the wall and to pray with full heart and say psalms. It was an electrifying experience as I reflected on the fact that on this Yom Hashoah, I had the privilege of praying at the Kotel when so many died without fulfilling their dream of doing the same thing.

And knowing that Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut were coming up, I was filled with a gratitude beyond words to Hashem for allowing me to be part of history and to pray fervently for the coming of the Moshiah and for shalom for all.

In addition, I prayed for the strength and good health to pursue the mission of my amuta (B’Yachad B’Osher/Together in Happiness) helping couples in Israel have healthy and happy marriages and shalom bayit (

And most of all to pray for the two of you to have healthy and happy lives in Eretz Yisrael and to have the opportunity to live in peace and simcha.

This past week, I watched my favorite documentary, The Long Way Home,  which left me with a profound appreciation for the dedication and sacrifice that so many have made in order to live here in Israel in peace. May you be blessed by Hashem to grow up in Eretz Yisrael and have wonderful lives — in the best of health and make your own contributions to this most special place on earth.

I love you with all my heart


About the Author
Susan Barth is founder and director of Israeli non profit Together in Happiness/B'Yachad B'Osher, promoting stronger, healthier marriages impacting Israeli society. A Project Management Professional (PMP) and businesswoman from the US, Susan sponsored and chaired the First International Conference on Marriage Education in Israel (attended by over 360 professionals) in Jerusalem in memory of her parents and launched I-PREP, an innovative marriage education curriculum. On November 8, 2017, Together in Happiness co-hosted with MK Yehudah Glick a historic Knesset seminar promoting government support for pre-marriage education