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December 9, 2011 2:59 AM
Pushing yourself to a better self image
Lori, thanks for the extra incentive. It's sometimes difficult to commit to doing a chessed and I feel lousy about it. Overcoming those feelings make doing the chessed even more precious. I know I feel much better once it's complete. Thanks , once again, for your inspiring insights.
December 8, 2011 8:53 PM
I Always Like Your Videos
Thank you for creating your videos. They always bless and touch me.
December 8, 2011 4:41 AM
A great feeling!!!
Our family is doing something very similar for another family with thank G-d five children, the oldest being seven. They live a few minutes walk away from us and always need help with their children. Their children come to us very frequently and we are always there when they need us. Our families have become very close and they are like grandchildren to us especially since the grandparents live far away. It is giving us a lot of experience for the day when G-d willing we will become grandparents. What a great feeling!!!
December 7, 2011 9:03 PM
So totally true.
I live in Israel and recently I had a couple of Russian speaking high school girls for Shabbos. One got very sick on Shabbos morning and I wound up calling an ambulance and taking her to the hospital. She was B"H treated and released on Motzei Shabbos but people kept telling me "Wow. That's such an amazing thing you did". Well, I didn't think it was so amazing. It was what anyone would have done in the same circumstances, I'm sure. And, as I was sitting there, in the most secular hospital you can imagine, on a Shabbos afternoon, I just kept saying "Thank you, Hashem, for this opportunity to work on myself and get out of my comfort zone (since I am a person who "needs" to be comfortable all the time). I need to be spending this time, helping this total stranger who has no mommy in Israel, even though it seems like the kind of thing that is SO totally out of character for me! It was good for ME to be doing this particular chesed and that's why Hashem chose me and not some other family, that the sick girl could easily have been sent to.
December 7, 2011 8:39 PM
What family and friends is all about
December 7, 2011 6:18 PM
Mitzva gone wrong.
Before Thanksgiving our hearts went out to a woman cancer patient who lives alone in a rural area and has few friends. We invited her to share our abundance and have Thanksgiving dinner and to stay on through Shabbat with our family and friends. We tried to plan to make her stay as comfortable as could be. I drove a long way to pick her up on Thanksgiving morning while my wife cooked and prepared the festive meal. When we arrived home I showed her her accomodations and explained how the days would unfold. We really wanted her to be comfortable, enjoy our family, friends, food and warm home.
It's hard to explain; Friday morning I had to tell her I would be taking her back. It was clear to me that for the sanctity and sanity of our life, we couldn't have this person in our home and life any longer.
The experience left her and us feeling pain and unhappyness and a 'bad taste'.
Sorry to inject a sad story, we have had a lifetime of good experience brought by preforming mitzvot and with G-Ds help we will have more in the future.
December 10, 2011 11:08 PM
You still did a mitzva. Suggestion: next time you invite her tell her for how long you will be inviting her for.
Bubbe of Six Beloveds,
December 7, 2011 4:03 PM
This Is What Life Is All About
Dear Lori, this video and message are such sweet gifts from G-d sent through you. Thank you, dear Sister - and may you be a Bubbe to many little Bubbles!
December 7, 2011 3:29 PM
December 7, 2011 3:10 PM
Beautiful chesed. May you IY"H soon coo coo coo with your own grandkids. Thank you for the great inspiration. It's still not easy and you and your husband and children are special. The young family should hopefully soon find a life of their own and move on in Hashem's way with such wonderful role models as your family.
December 7, 2011 12:31 PM
My husband says this about tzedaka collectors who come to our door. He says "see, we don't even have to go looking for the opportunity to give. Hashem just sent it to us!" THIS is the correct way of looking at things.
Chana Miriam Zelasko,
December 7, 2011 5:50 AM
I know few people who could do such a Chesed, and have such a wonderful perspective on it. May Hashem give you the Koach to do many, many more Mitzvot until 120. And, BTW, you are right about grandchildren. It's a tremendous Bracha.
December 5, 2011 2:40 PM
This is terrific. It is also wonderful that you have opened your home and your hearts to someone in need. Thank you for the reminder that sometimes the people who are doing the giving are actually doing the receiving.
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