Last month we celebrated mother's day in our blog, and here comes American Father's day, I am happy to join this celebration, thanks to our fans and customers in the US who expose us to this habit, since here, in Israel no Father's day in Hebrew calendar. Need to say - that original Hebrew mother's day became 'family day' in the last couple of decades ... it is a shame, mothers and fathers definitely worth their special days!
I grew up as a daughter of a self employed father, my father used to be a contractor, before he retired, his profession was a great inspiration for me, my choice to become a designer, and to open my own design business. Absolutely influenced by. My father never recommend me to choose this path though - the atmosphere at home when I was a child absolutely influenced my choice.
My father, Nathan Kruk, immigrated to Israel, in the age of 18 from Argentina, where he studied construction engineering. I remember well his notebooks with technical drawings, and how I always hoped to draw like him. A wooden chair, painted in green, that he made in carpentry class in elementary school is still in use in my parents' home, a symbol to a well design object that last for years.
As a child I have accompanied my father to construction site so many times, and was fascinated to see the magic of a building raising from the ground, I still love wandering within the unfinished walls, and raw materials waiting to be assembled in their places.
What else did I learn from my father about running a business? Anyone who grows up with self employed parents has a very close relationship with the feeling of responsibility, a self control for your own creation. I've learned that everything, success and failure, is in our hands, and should be accepted happily in a constructive way of thinking. I learned to live with the unknown future, because anything may happen.
Father's day gift idea #1 - Wooden puzzles - for fathers who like mind challenges.
Father's gift idea #2 - Tangram Seder plates - for fathers who like to play while they manage Passover Seder night
My father treated anyone with respect and seriousness, every potential client respected as if he was the best customer ever, and each worker treated as the best employee. Whenever you give respect, you receive respect. This mutual consideration also leads my partnership with Anat, who, not by chance, also grew up with self employed parents. We share a similar attitude for money ( - not the most important thing in life) and big love to our profession - these let us create a long lasting partnership in our happy and fruitful Judaica design studio.
Anat with Mom and Dad the day they open their shop
Father's gift idea #3 - Nesting spinning tops - for technology fan fathers - these dreidels are 3D printed!
Father's gift idea #4 - Heart shaped Tangram set - always fun to give this gift for you loved ones