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Better late than never: A Bat Mitzvah gift arrives 11 years lateWhen she was 12, Amalia's aunt and uncle sent her a Bat Mitzvah gift from the US which never reached its destination. This week, with a surprising delay of 11 years, the package arrived at a different address, with the gift and the card still inside. "Who would have believed that 11 years later I would still be receiving presents for my Bat Mitzvah," Amalia said.
Amalia, 23, a student from the center of Israel, just received a gift for her Bat Mitzvah- eleven years late. Amalia received a message on Facebook from someone she didn't know who informed her that her partner, who lived in Haifa, received a package intended for Amalia. The couple sent her a picture of the package and she saw that her name and her parents' old address were indeed written on the envelope.
At this point Amalia realized that this was the gift she was supposed to have received for her Bat Mitzvah eleven years earlier. In addition to the gift, her aunt and uncle had written her a card apologizing that it was only reaching her three months after her bat-mitzvah party; they clearly had not anticipated that it was to take a little longer than that. "It was really funny getting that message, I was so excited," Amalia said. "Who would have believed that 11 years later I would still be receiving presents for my Bat Mitzvah," Amalia said.
It is still unclear to Amalia if it was Israel Post or a private courier company who wiped up the dust that accumulated on the package after eleven years and decided to send it to its original destination.
A week ago, Amalia drove to Haifa to pick up the package that was waiting for her there, and was moved to discover that her aunt and uncle had sent her acrylic paints and brushes that she could still use today.
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