Today was the fast day, “Asara B’Tevet” (10th of Tevet). Earlier today, I went to a video presentation of Rebbetzin Yemima Mizrachi sponsored by Mrs. Rikki Hager and Mrs. Hager, as a Zechus for a Refuah Shlema for Elimelech Ben Basya and Binyomin Chaim Ben Faigie Sarah. The message was powerful. (paraphrased below)
Today, the siege was laid around Yerushalyim. How do we cry today? How do we feel one another’s pain? The translation of “tear” in Hebrew means “involved.” The meaning of “Churban” is “dry.” We used to be able to cry as mother’s much more freely. Why is it so difficult to shed a tear? We are like sand, so great, so strong but we need the liquid component of tears to be able to rebuild. Without the liquid sand has no ability to change it’s form and rebuild.
So it is with our Tzara today. We need a collection of tears to arm ourselves with and fight the battle we are facing day by day, minute by minute.
Today, my 7 year old had a birthday party to go to. I decided I wanted to do the pick up since we were home (from the hospital) and didn’t have to rely on friends to do this run, as we did in the past. On the way home from the party we discussed the special surprise visitor that came to the party. It was none other than Elimelech Ben Basya. As I mentioned, Eli is in my son’s class and is currently undergoing treatment. This was Eli’s first appearance before his class since he began his new journey. One of the boy’s in the car ride home said to me, ” I know how Eli was able to go to the party.” I then asked him “how?” He then responded, “this boy by the name of so and so, said over and almost completed the entire Sefer of Tehillim (Book of Psalms) for Eli, and see it worked – it made him feel better so he was able to come to the party.”
It was such an incredible lesson to be learned. This 7 year old truly believed with all his heart that as a result his friend’s Tefillos (prayers), Eli began to feel better. The truth of the matter is, it is true. This 7 year old is able to feel and recognize a direct connection to Hashem. Let us learn from this seven year old and adopt his belief’s that all of our Tefillos and good deeds are directly making a difference in the lives of our children Elimelech and Binyomin Chaim. We all have the ability to connect!
Through our tears, our Tefillos (prayers) , our good deeds we can lift the siege that was laid thousands of years ago. We can fight this disease, and we can bring the salvation that we all personally and collectively need.
Enjoy this short clip of Benny helping his sister, brother and friends bake delicious treats for after the fast. It makes you want to cry!