What Would You Save?

If you can only take one thing from the fire.

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(10) Richard C Dennis, June 6, 2014 6:52 PM

What would I grab in a fire?

My wife and I have been married 60 years and we long ago lost our marriage certificate what with all our moving. So, that idea is out. But there is something:

When you get up into the 80s like this, you don't think about what you'd grab out of your house. You got too many other things you're concerned for, not the least of which is your health. In the rush to save something, I'd just make sure my wife was safe with me.

We've been though so much together, saving a photo album or my computer seems so insignificant that you'd probably see me holding her, making sure I do have her (to me she is just as beautiful as she was 60 years ago) as the firemen cleaned up the mess.

You would have to have lived though it to understand.

Be well.
Richard C Dennis

(9) Yaffa Phillips, April 23, 2014 2:50 PM

I actually had a similar experience, and reacted like your daughter. When we made aliyah 28 years ago, our "lift" that was in storage in Haifa was broken into and valuables were stolen. I assumed that the new appliances had been stolen. But my fear was that my needlepoints, which I had worked on throughout the years of my marriage, and which I would like to pass on to my dear children, were destroyed. B"H, my needlepoints arrived in tact and I was relieved.

(8) Anonymous, April 20, 2014 1:29 PM

for others

Hola, I would save some important things for others in my family, first for my brother his pc or his university books, becouse I need build every day a better relationship with him. The dressing table of my mom jaja better no is very big. The pragmatic answers need remember is a hypothetical situation. For my mom her books of prayers and maybe some dress because if she continues dressed in a beautiful way she feeling good for stand up in any situation. For my father the Holy Scriptures and some pictures or a soccer ball because we would take some time for us and if he feel i am good then he feel fine, he loves know i be good. Sorry for my english level I speak spanish and thank you Lori

(7) Cathy, April 17, 2014 11:40 PM

On The Way Out

I have my father's Holy Scriptures from when he was confirmed. It has been by my bedside for years. On top of that is a small book of prayers for all the holidays in both Hebrew and English. The cover is pure silver and belonged to my great-grandmother when she was alive. She brought it from Israel. I wouldn't leave a burning home without them.

(6) Velma, April 17, 2014 9:05 PM

Something that I can not replace.

I would save my family photo album

(5) Beverly Kurtin, April 17, 2014 8:29 PM

Me, myself, and I

and my purse.

My purse has the most useful things--my wallet, camera, phone, WiFi hotspot, all in one small bag.

Life is the most important thing, so I would have to make sure that my cats were safe.

My pictures are all in the cloud, my laptops are inexpensive (relatively) and everything else can be replaced. That is why we have insurance, including flood insurance,

To me, things are things, that's all I hope that we'l never have a fire, but I do admit that sometimes I pretend that we had had a fire and start throwing things out that I've not needed for a long time. If I have no need for stuff, out it goes.

(4) TMay, April 17, 2014 7:13 PM


Sorry but I am pragmatic. If the house was burning, aside from getting my cats outside, I would want the things that would allow me to stay at a hotel that night and to get to the hotel with a car, and things having to do with maintaining communication with people in my life. That means I would want my purse with its ID and credit cards and checkbooks and money (need to eat dinner that night) and keys and glasses and prescription glasses, password booklets, address book, smart phone, passport, IPad, chargers (and laptop if I get it running) and disc drive with all the family pictures so that I could have telephone numbers and access to email and email addresses. I might grab my tax box for the year with check registers and receipts because how would I fill out my taxes if I lost all my records? Anyway, I had a small fire and ran out of the house to wait for the fire engines to show up, having called 911, and I wanted to go back in to get my purse and keys, and a passing kindly neighbor prevented me from doing so by pointing to the smoke pouring out of the house which I had not noticed. Anyway I had pretty much put out the fire by virtue of having a steel sink and tools long enough that I could transport burning things into the sink safely, like long, strong, 18" chopsticks, and the firemen had temperature reading tools that could read whether the fire had gotten into the walls and it hadn't, so aside from melted plastic and the melted microwave, the house needed a cleaning of the smoke. The firemen had giant fans to empty the house of smoke from the burning plastic. A handle on the stovetop had managed to turn itself on, which had melted the plastic handle of the drip coffee maker which had ignited and was burning the plastic microwave. I was in the house and smelled the burning. I don't remember the role of smoke detectors, because it was definitely my nose that led me to discovering it. I'm sure they went off at some point adding to the adrenalin. I was lucky.

(3) Anonymous, April 14, 2014 1:47 AM

God willing,

I would save myself. Thank you God.

(2) Anonymous, April 13, 2014 6:28 PM

What would I Grab

Lori, it's really hashgacha that you chose to post this video now, as I am taking a break from my pesach cleaning and I just thought about this question. I am 21 years old and am in the middle of organizing all my drawers - old notes from college classes, journals, and papers that need to be disregarded. One pile was accumulaing larger and larger and that was my dvar torah pile - divrei torah that I heard from my rabbanim through the years, a shiur from a friend, or notes on personal shiurim that I gave over to my friends at shabbat tables or at my college. This pile was then put into a folder, and I decided in my mind that if I was to save anything it would be this folder. At the end of 120 years, we cannot take anything with us to the world to come. The only thing we can take is our Torah and Middos. I would save this folder of all the divrei torah because that is what's most important to me - the lessons that I learned from my teachers, friends, and from myself. Thanks for posting!

(1) Sidney, April 7, 2014 3:55 AM

My Tefillin of Course

My Tefillin are the holiest item in the house. Why wouldn't any Jewish observant male take them (unless they own a Sefer Torah or they keep their only pair in the shul)?

sara, April 17, 2014 3:39 AM

i thought exactly the same thing



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