Early this morning I received a phone call from my oldest (not by age, but years we are friends) friends parents. They called from Eretz Yisroel, saying they went to the Kevorim (graves) of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs and davened (prayed) for Benny. Yesterday, I received a similar email from a girlfriend also on a trip to Israel, saying she went to the Rashbi and davened for Benny. Today, I got an email from my cousin saying he davened at my great grandparents Kevarim. There is not a day that goes by without an email, phone call or in person, hearing that they are davening and doing some positive thing in their life as a Zechus for Benny. I have wrote it before and I will write it again, we share all of the Tefillos and Zechusim with all those that need it in the world. A couple days ago, a friend called saying she bakes Challah every week in the Zechus Benny should have a Refuah Shlema. She also went on to mention she gives out some of her Challahs to some families in the neighborhood who may not otherwise have Challah. One Mitzvah leads to another and another. I would also like to mention two young men that were placed here in LA this summer as Hashem’s angels. They spent their time making sure Benny’s older brothers were well taken care of. They literally wined and dined them in a kid fashion, not leaving out any toppings either. They gave my kids a sense of security and happiness that had unfortunately disappeared when this illness struck. There have been exceptional women in the community as well, who make it their business on a daily basis to see to it that each and every need of mine and that of my family are taken care of. Whether it is doing my carpools to and from camp, meals, snacks, playing with Benny or his older brothers, grocery store shopping or dropping clothes off at the cleaners, no errand is a bother. Each act is done with a smile as if it’s her biggest pleasure in life. I am not exaggerating in the least bit either.
I will continue with the lists of Chasodim (acts of kindness) soon. The hour is late and I must store up energy for tomorrow. All I can say is, more than sleep, it is your acts of kindness that give us the energy we need to get thru this very difficult chapter in our lives.