Four words that warmed my heart!

Friday, 5 August, 2022 - 7:45 am

On Sunday evening, Chaya and I boarded a flight from LaGuardia to Detroit to pick up Menny from his amazing summer camp in Tustin, Michigan. An observant looking Jew, and what seemed like his mother, sat down in the row in front of us, upon takeoff he recited the “Traveler's Prayer” loud and clear, and in no-time we were beginning our descent into DTW. Upon landing, waiting for the plane door to open, we chitchatted about possibilities for a morning prayer Minyan near the airport, and when hearing that I was from Montana and Shlepping cross country to pick up the kids from camp, he said “you’re an amazing father”, which warmed my heart.

What didn’t I know about my fellow passenger Elie?

This Shabbos is the 9th of Av and beginning Shabbos (Saturday) evening we will begin a 24-plus hour fast to mourn the destruction of both of our Holy Temple’s in Jerusalem. The second Temple was destroyed in 69 CE, and we are told it was due to Jewish infighting and lots of “reasonless hatred”. I once read that the meaning of “reasonless” is that when we hate on the “other”, even though it will hurt us even more than it hurts them, and yet we won’t give up on hating, it’s “reasonless”, it’s illogical, and must be eradicated. The antidote to that is “reasonless love”, loving someone even if it means giving up on something we really enjoy, so in a sense loving them more than we love ourselves.

When I tracked down Elie via a LinkedIn friend, we had a warm, heartfelt phone conversation. It turns out that Elie’s nine-year-old daughter passed away six weeks ago after battling Leukemia for almost five years. He told me that she always made people feel good, showering them with anything complimentary that would uplift them, and Elie resolved to do the same in her memory. So, when he saw me, beaten from the travel, he said something simple “you’re an amazing father”, which made my day, my week, and really hit the spot deep in my heart. An Act of reasonless love, no strings attached, makes a real difference, and makes our world a more loving place worthy of a third Holy Temple.

Let’s do our part and make it happen!








May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Mashiach speedily. May G-d protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!








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