April 30, 2008
Nimrod's Coffee of Love
Rosh Pina in Tel Aviv's Port. The below is a story of Nimrod's Coffee house which was opened in 2007 with the purpose of immortalizing the heritage "The Good Life" that Nimrod left his sister in his death. Below is the background of the creation of Nimrod's Coffee of Love.
Nimrod's sister writes. I admit. I didn't believe in love. Actually I was one of those who didn't believe love existed until Nimrod married Iris. And then everything changed. I needed that my only brother would get married in order to believe that true love existed. "What's the secret of happiness?" I asked him. "The Good Life," he answered in his simple way.
We left Rosh Pina. Nimrod became a high-tech manager at Microsoft and I moved to America. In my visits, I discovered Nimrod was having a dilemma which was more preferable; to go with his beloved Iris and little Omer and Vick, to our childhood village, Rosh Pina, or take them to the harbor in Tel Aviv.
What is love? Nimrod taught me. In love, there are no boundaries, no barriers. It's an endless flow.
I had a tour contract in Mexico and Nimrod was in the middle of preparations to the annual Microsoft convention in Israel when the Second Lebanon War started. My parents and I begged: "leave everything and come over to Mexico."
Nimrod was drafted, as a reserved soldier with a special emergency call. Before he left home for Lebanon, he wrote his beloved Iris a poem:
At about midnight they called me.
It was the telephone announcing machine.
Her voice said: Soldier - Gathering Spots!
You yelled you weren't ready
Even though you were --
In your sleep --
To pay the price.
I said, pretty thing. It's routine.
Every soldier-citizen has to go.
I kissed her, I calmed her as if for real.
I hoped to be back before Fall.
When the tank entered the land of Lebanon
I put on my armour,
Praying you wouldn't call me on the phone.
A simple high-tech man from Ramat Gan
Taking his children to school.
Fighting terrorists at night.
Tell me, will all this help
Tomorrow or the day after
When I come back
And all this business will be over --
In the end you fight to live.
In the end you fight like animals.
For the silence within.
On August 19 of the Hebrew month of Av, the Hebrew Valentines Day, the announcing officers knocked on Iris's door.
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