I Hate to Say Goodbye

Fascinating stories of growing up during an historical and momentous time --the rebirth and rise of a nation. Threats from everywhere: Arab neighbors and hardship of nature which the war refugees faced in the uncultivated promised land. Forbidden young love among foes, bliss and abysmal gloom and valuable life lessons are interwoven into this stormy, tumultuous and tragic-comic family drama. More

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About Ruti Yudovich

I was always an avid reader; when my siblings were sound asleep I would be awake, reading my books to the light of the moon. I especially loved “simple” stories, which brought with them deep meanings and inspiration about life. Among my favorite books are: The Little Prince; Dear God, this is Anna; The Alchemist; The Kite Runner. I always wanted to write children books with deep philosophical messages to inspire one; for that reason I began to write in 2007. I sat down and began to write stories from my childhood. The ‘children’ book I wanted to write became a book that can be enjoyed by young as well as adult. This book can be viewed simply as an adventure book by young adult, and as a much deeper and philosophical journey for adults.

I had a magical childhood, where most my wisdom came from my OWN experiences as a child. I was free to go anywhere without any adult supervision. I made my own judgments regarding my activities. I decided what would be dangerous and what not. My best lessons were learning from my mistakes. I believe the best way a child can grow is to have general boundaries and then have him/her make their own judgement within those. This way you have a self assured, confident individual who learns to trust himself and his decisions.

Ruti Yudovich is the third and youngest child of Jewish-Russian parents. She was born in the city of Tel-Aviv in 1953 but grew up on a kibbutz and farming villages. She spent seven adventurous and memorable years in Hayogev––a farming village near the Jordanian border. Those seven years were magical: she was free to go anywhere, using her own judgment where to go and what to do. During that time, Miss Yudovich had the opportunity to learn about life by exploring her environment; from farm animals, birds, to plants, trees and flowers experiencing them by touching, smelling, eating, climbing, communicating and even singing to them. She learned that by immersing oneself in the environment without fear or apprehension makes for a joyful life.

She was very fortunate to grow up in a musical family.: “A world without music is a dead world; with music we can build bridges among nations in conflict and bring people together,” she says with a bright smile.

In 1963, to her regret, her family moves to the city, Rishon Lezion, where she spends her teen-age years. Ruti is a graduate of the Ben Gurion University with a BA in Geography and Education.

After a tragic event in 1980, she moved to the United States and continued her educational path teaching at the University of Judaism, followed by a long held position at a one of the largest Jewish temple in the USA. Currently she is a tutor, lecturer and personal consultant.

Ruti was always an avid reader. She especially loved stories that appeared simple but held within their pages were deep and inspiring messages. She dreamed of writing children books with deep philosophical messages and for that reason she began writing in 2007; it started with vignettes from her childhood. The “children” book she wanted to write evolved into this, I Hate to Say Goodbye––a timeless tale, enjoyed by the young and adult alike.

Ruti Yudovich believes that man is basically good; that children should be treated like adults with respect and love; that one should be free to express one’s thoughts without fear and that there is so much beauty in this world; all one has to do is look for it and he’ll find it.


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Growing up during an historical and momentous time – the rebirth of a nation. From a perspective of a precocious and sensitive girl unfold fascinating stories. Threats from all over; Arab neighbors, hardship of nature and parents, fleeing from the horrifying war making a home in the uncultivated land. Young and forbidden love, laughter and tears, bliss and abysmal gloom, reality meets fantasy...


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