Combining warmth with stark reality, humor with pathos, deep introspection with playfulness, spirituality with mundane activities, Esther Fein illuminates the wonderful and uplifting journey that accompanies one who makes Aliyah. As evidenced in the fitting title, she leaves no stone unturned, detailing her acclimation and absorption process through the lens of the Jewish calendar. This beautiful, pithy, and poignant book gives the reader a glimpse of her wisdom, courage, and talent along with a strong dose of refreshing hopefulness and joy. It is a precious gem.
— Dr. Chaya Newman
In this volume, Esther Fein opens a window onto her life as a new immigrant. Through these poems she displays both her struggle and how she copes, not only with a new life in a new country but also with the wars, battles, and much loss that were part of her lot before her aliyah. Her positive attitude has enabled her to overcome much grief and many obstacles, and her immense gratitude to the Creator for her family and for the good she finds in every challenge radiates from these pages. Even though "it feels like death when one leaves his familiar turf", she is forever the optimist, overflowing with appreciation for all God's gifts to her, and especially taking delight in her grandchildren: "I am my children's flute… My children are my flute.
Her keen sense of humor and her tremendous love for the Land of Israel: its flowers, its trees, its seashore, its very earth; for the Torah of Israel, and the People of Israel, whether traveling on a crowded Egged bus or mingling in a Jerusalem hotel lobby, are evident throughout and her spirit glows in such lines as: "I become a prayer."
— Ruth Fogelman
author of Jerusalem Awaking and Cradled in God's Arms