A miraculous reunion between mother and son

Some days Sarah Ansbacher, manager of the Aden museum in Tel Aviv, hears amazing stories from visitors. Once in a while she will hear a mind-blowing story. This is a story of a miraculous reunion between a mother and the son she abandoned. We thank Sarah for letting us reproduce her post.

The first kiss from his mother on being re-united with her son, abandoned by her aged three
He was born in Jaffa to Jewish parents who had immigrated from Aden and Iraq. In WW2 his father joined the British army but sadly, he fell during service in North Africa in 1943.
Then, when the boy wasn’t much older than three years old, his mother got remarried to a Muslim man from Jaffa. He didn’t want this Jewish boy as a stepson. So she abandoned him to her family. Then she left with her second husband for a new life in Jordan. Her parents were livid and felt that his mother (their daughter) needed to take responsibility for her son. Ultimately, the boy ended up in an orphanage in a suburb of Tel Aviv.
Despite his tough start in life, he thrived and rose through the ranks of the Israeli army. In the 1970s, a time when there still wasn’t peace between Israel and Jordan, he was the commander in charge of the crossing between the two countries and gave permission for who could cross over into Israel.
One day he got an application from a woman in Jordan. He recognised the name: it was his mother. The one who had abandoned him all those years ago. He didn’t want to tell the soldiers his background so told them that when she crossed to treat her with particular respect as she was part of the Jordanian royal family.
Before being allowed to enter Israel, she also had to go through an interview. And the person who interviewed her was him, though she didn’t recognise him as her son. They spoke through an interpreter. She was asked why she wanted to enter Israel. She explained that many years ago she had a son, but she didn’t know what had become of him and she wanted to find him. The interpreter (who was told the background story) began to cry as he interpreted between them.
Finally, the commander said she would be granted permission to enter Israel.
‘Now, do you want to meet your son?’ he said.
Yes, she did.
‘You are looking at him,’ he said. ‘I am your son.’
And she burst into tears and hugged him.

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