I was up most of the night thinking about this time last year. It wasn’t until this morning that I opened my computer to look back at last year’s postings around this time. Clicking on the video of Benny saying, “quack quack,” brought new meaning to the power of Teshuva. Benny was bald, eyelash less, dark circles under his eyes, he looked liked a child going thru treatment. Ironically, I did not see him that way at the time. B”H, Hashem allowed me to see beyond his physical symptoms and allow his Simchas Hachaim to shine thru.
Today, as we did Kaparos, I once again was fixated on Benny. But this time, it was his golden hair, his bright blue eyes, his peachy skin sprinkled with freckles, and of course most of all, his love for Hashem and performing His Mitzvos.
Click on video: kaparos one year ago
This past year unlike any other year, I was able to imagine all the Tefillos and Ma’asim Tovim and Tzedeka tipping the scale, so that Binyomin Chaim ben Faigie Sarah and all those on the front lines, will BE”H, live. This coming year IY”H, I will continue to have that mental image for Benny and all the Cholim that have been added to the “front lines”. Unfortunately, there have been way too many names added to the cholim list’s this past year. Even one name on the list is too many. We also must continue to daven for R’ Sholom Rubashkin for his freedom and Jonathan Pollard for his freedom.
Let us have visually have in mind the names on the Cholim list being transferred to a discharge list. A list the reads, ” The List of Life.” “The List of Freedom.”
Wishing you and your loved ones a life full of good health, good Mazal, good Parnasah, Shiduchim, laughter and Simchos.
This bedazzled Team Benny cap came in the mail this week as a gift from our new friend Julia, whom we met in Disneyland this past year (who noticed me as a result of wearing a beautiful Tznius skirt). (refer to previous post on our trip to Disney)