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Heroes of Israel: Sherri & Seth Mandell

Bringing light from the darkest cave.

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(261) Anonymous, August 30, 2016 5:49 AM

Seth (& Sherri) Mandell

Seth Mandell was the first English-speaking person my own age I met upon my arrival at a Yeshiva in Israel almost 40 years ago.
He was supposed to ask the kitchen staff (my Hebrew was non-existent at the time) to get me a cold drink. He did.
He also sat with me, and spoke to me and I could feel his understanding. He almost (but didn't), say, "It must be tough for you. First time in another country, and no way to even get something to drink. (Did I leave out that it was a HOT, Israeli, August day?)

Anyway, I just wanted to say that that is how the Mandells ARE.
They focus on the good and how to bring it out of even the darkest situation.

I just wanted to add something that the Rebbitzen (Sherri) said on the video. It was implied, but not actually stated.
It is BECAUSE these people have seen the depths of grief and mourning that they can arrive a the greatest joy.
The greatest joy of helping others, and there IS no greater.

(260) Anonymous, August 14, 2016 6:54 PM

Wow. Powerful

My wife and I were moved by their story. We have both experienced the loss of a parent at a young age and their story is truly inspiring - to turn such a loss into a blessing is unheard of by most accounts.

G-d bless them for their ability to help so many struggling with the same.

Best regards,

Keen Admirers

(259) Ahuva, May 1, 2014 1:00 PM

You passed the test

Maybe the most difficult test a person can face. Indeed the purpose od every jew is to fill the world with the knowledge that there is a G-d and that when it comes to situations we dont understand we surrender to our belief that however painful it feels its all good. And in this case you can already see some of that good by what you've done. (Rav Nachman says that for a test to be a test it is inevitable that you have to have no understanding.)

(258) Robert Jacobson, January 27, 2014 4:17 PM

May the memory of your son hasten the fate of the wicked as described in Psalm 92.

(257) Ruth, April 15, 2013 6:38 PM

What a beautiful labor of love! I send you my love And my respect.

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