The Person Next Door

Sometimes we take for granted the people closest to us.

Comments (9)

(9) Anonymous, January 11, 2010 1:50 AM

Its also the people who we are closest to annoy us the most

Which is why they are related to us. I guess the tension of love and cohesiveness can unfortunately cause friction. We should learn to love the people we take for granted but we should recognize and respect one's personal space and privacy. If we maintain a certain distance, it would help us appreciate the people we love rather than view them as being a perpetual nuisance.

(8) Chaya, January 10, 2010 4:33 PM

far away?

Every time someone complains or laments to me about his /her child moving far away from home, I stop to think..of my four children, 2 are very nearby, 1lives in Israel for 15 yrs and 1 is with HaShem for more than 21 how do you measure distance? It's who is in your heart, your soul and your mind forever....that's what counts! Just be grateful to have had these people in your lives and pray that they are with you always and they can be.

(7) D.K. Milgrim- Heath, January 9, 2010 12:10 AM

Being Kind To Others Always Comes Back Tenfold

Being Kind To Others Comes Back Tenfold By D.K. Milgrim-Heath Being kind comes back to others tenfold- Those types of memroes both new or old. Kindness memories improve one's perspective- As they're always beling relived and selective! When thinking back seeing what you've done- Makes happy thoughts appear for everyone. While counting life's blessings we do share- Kindness memories for others everywhere

(6) Anonymous, January 7, 2010 7:39 AM

For LORI , You are always fantastic on Video and I look forward each week to listen to your cheerful face and messages so full of wisdoms. What you were trying to say was " Man proposes and Gd disposes" or in German " Der Mensch denkt und G-TT lenkt ( man thinks and Hashem leads). This week was a most wonderful message and Oh! so very TRUE! Thanks for your "not to be missed" messages---- they are wonderful, Anne Ruth COHN ( as of today ALIVE!!!!!) Best wishes and Kol Tuv,

(5) Lori's mom, January 5, 2010 10:08 PM


I miss you too. I appreciate how, no matter how busy you are, and I know you have many commitments to your family, your teaching, your fundraising for your young mother's birthright project, when I call, you always put everything on hold so we can have a good if you had all the time in the world, just for your mother!

(4) raye, January 5, 2010 6:07 PM

"Distance makes the heart grow fonder"

I met Jenny at the Girl Guides in London in 1969. We met for a couple of hours in 1973 in Grand Central Station in New York. Jenny lives in Australia. I live in Israel. We have never stopped correspondening. Now by email of course.

(3) Debbie Litwack, January 5, 2010 2:56 PM

Distance can intensify the friendship.

When we left Pittsburgh years ago, our neighbors and shul friends were occasional Shabbas guests. After we left we became closer. I think it's because any get togethers, simchas, and holidays required staying over and REALLY spending time together in a different way. We count our Pittsburgh friends amongst our best and we haven't lived there in 13 years. Alos, when we we leaving another community years before that, I distinctly recall a neighbor pouring out her personal history. There seemed to be a freeing of personal burdens with the soon-to-be distance.

(2) ruth, January 5, 2010 2:53 PM

two doors down

Hi Lori, this is so lovely. I am not sure I can add to the beauty of your words, but, just this. I am reading a book I can't put down called My Father's Paradise by Ariel Sabar. It's a history but more, and it's deeply about love, and how a father and son reconnected, through the father's story, when the son had his own son. This story is so beautiful, and so current in my life, being also deeply about words, about language, ancient Aramaic and Hebrew, and so much more. It reminds me deeply of your beautiful column, above.

(1) Anonymous, January 4, 2010 11:19 PM

Isn't that how life seems to work out?

I have had several neighbors move away over the course of only a few weeks. I was not as close to one as the other, but at times now, I think back of the lovely times we were able to spend together. I hope that both families are doing as well as possible.


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