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Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Tal Daniel Mitnick, born September 18, in Kfar Saba, Israel, to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. Tal means "dew" in Hebrew.

His father, Josh Mitnick, writes that "during Israel's dry summer, it is the delicate tal that helps renew and refresh the land. The arrival of our first child has already renewed our appreciation of nature and creation, and made us into a family."

The first thing "dew" brings to my mind is "I Washed My Face in the Morning Dew," a crystalline Tom T. Hall song about poverty and justice (sung here by Johnny Cash):
Some day things are bound to change
It can’t be very far
And each injustice I have seen
Will come before the bar

Then I’ll wash my face in the morning dew
Bathe my soul in the sun
Wash my face in the morning dew
And my journey will be done
Here's to Tal bringing us closer to that day.

Nicknames: I shall call him Shorty. High-Pitched Tone shall call him Tal Skim Latte.