B”H Benny is out of surgery. We are grateful to Dr. Stein and his team for their expertise, care and compassion in helping Benny reach his full recovery.
As he sleeps on the bed next to me, I just stare and think to myself what this little baby of 20 months has gone thru in the last 3 months. It is really unimaginable to think about it. What has me more in awe is his Simchas Hachaim (love of life). Just yesterday he was enjoying the breeze at the ocean, shoveling sand over his toes, a piece of chocolate and best of all dancing with his Zaida and auntie Shira during dinner. He actually wore his Zaida out, but insisted he keep dancing and so his Zaida did. On the way into the operating room he was giggling. It caused me to cry more. His love for Hashem (G-D), for life shows no boundaries. As Benny was in surgery I recited Perek Shira (the Songs of the Universe). The song concludes with song of the dog. The last song is given to the dog. The dog represents his devotion to his master. The dog will do anything for his master, “his best friend.” One of Benny’s very few words is “ruff ruff.” Yes he loves dogs, maybe because they share the same Middah (characteristic) of “Loyalty” to his Master. No matter what is thrown at him, he picks himself up, with a smile and even has the ability to make others around him smile and serve Hashem (G-D). He goes to sleep with a smile, sleeps with a smile and wakes up with a smile.
While sitting in the waiting room davening (praying) we were privileged with a very special visitor. A woman of valor, Yaakov’s mother. Yaakov (17 months) is Benny’s friend who is also fighting a childhood cancer, and is being treated in this hospital. They were diagnosed a week apart and have been praying and playing with each other. Yaakov’s mother, Inbal had spent the whole day here just yesterday with her Yaakov. She has a small baby at home and 8 other children to care for. So when she walked in with her Tehillim (Psalms) spiritual nourishment, in one hand and danishes in the other, a tremendous burden was lifted. We discussed the significance of our two families merging. We come from Ashkenazik descent and they from Sefard. The power of these two sects uniting together as one, feeling each other’s pain is immeasurable. May Hashem (G-D) bless Inbal and her family with strength, courage only good health. Let us all unite under the Kanfei Hashchina (wings of G-D) in peace and prayer to bring the final Geula Shlema (final Redemption).