With Nanne’s death, Aziz became a widower with four little children at home, and no idea how to care of them. Ezra, Sasson’s brother, tells of these bitter times:
About a year after we moved to Israel, our mother passed away in Sheba hospital in Tel Hashomer, due to a heart disease. My paternal grandmother, who was 100 years old, moved in with us to raise the three of us (Nissan was already in Meir Shfeya boarding school).
It was around this time that Sasson, my big brother, got engaged to Gollar and moved to Hamburg. Sasson helped my father purchase an apartment in Holon, and bought him a store to help him provide for the family.
About one year later, Aziz married Marusa, whom he met through a matchmaker. Marusa had just arrived from Istanbul a few months earlier, after having been divorced by her ﬁrst husband on grounds of infertility. The marriage to Aziz allowed her to experience motherhood, as well as enjoy the social status of a married woman. Marusa didn’t know Persian, but was ﬂuent in Lishan Didan, the Aramaic dialect of Urmia Jews, which was the main language spoken in the house. We, as well as Hawi, Clara and Sonya, who were already married, did not know Marusa very well, but we know her life in Israel was not easy. She continued to miss Istanbul, and getting four children of different ages all at once, without growing into motherhood, was very challenging.