By Phyllis J. Lubin

“Yuss, time to wake up!”

“Is it minyan time?”

Yosef has become a regular at the 6:20 morning minyan at the Chabad of the Five Towns. No matter how tired he is, he knows that he must get up, get dressed, and get going!

Yussie is very time-oriented. He needs to know exactly when each of his “events” will take place during the course of the day, and if we are at all “late” he will remind us!

As I sit in front of my computer screen this morning, musing about the past few days, I can’t help but smile.

The week began with a “girls’ night out.” Last week my mom, Esther Davidson, was honored at the Young Israel of Woodmere Sisterhood supperette. This event prompted an opportunity for my mom, my daughters, my daughter-in-law and her mom, my brother’s mother-in-law, my mother-in-law, and me (and my dad, Donald Davidson–the one male in our group) to have a “night on the town” with the women of the sisterhood. The food was good, the company was amazing, and the night was memorable.

The next night was truly unforgettable. Rochel Raiza Lubin is now officially a high-school graduate! We all convened at York College Wednesday evening last week to watch all the graduates of HAFTR High School’s class of 2013 accept their diplomas. I am so proud of Rochel. She has grown into a mature, caring, and beautiful young lady. The graduation brought tears to my eyes when I realized that her departure for college in the fall is coming that much sooner.

Friday was spent preparing for Avnet Country Day’s Sunday-morning pre-camp orientation for lifeguards. This summer my eldest three daughters and I will be returning to the Avnet waterfront. We will have a bonding summer and will be able to spend quality time together prior to Rochel’s and Rivka’s departures for college in the fall. My eldest daughter will be returning to school as well for her master’s in special education.

The weekend family events concluded early Sunday morning with our youngest son’s induction into “tefillin-hood,” which is only a precursor for his big day at his bar mitzvah in a little over a month! Yosef wore his tefillin proudly, and his loud clear voice as “junior chazzan” was heard throughout the shul. All of a sudden our baby is becoming a man! After davening he reminded the rabbi that it was time for dessert, and as we noshed on various delectables, Yussie went over to each guest, thanking them for joining in his simcha.

So this morning, not only did Yussie leave with Leib early for minyan, he did so with his own tefillin bag in his hands, and he was right on time! v

Phyllis Joy Lubin is an attorney with Maidenbaum & Sternberg, LLP, who resides in Cedarhurst with her husband, Leonard. They have six children: Naftali, Shoshana, Rivka, Rochel, Yosef, and Lea and a daughter-in-law, Nina. The author welcomes your questions and comments at

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