Hope you’re having a great day.
… More on Rabbi Leibowitz.
A student of his called to tell us how much she will miss him.
She cried like a baby.
“The Rabbi was like a father to me.
Her parents were friends of Rabbi and Mrs. Leibowitz.
Since she lived “out of town”, her parents sent her to a Jewish summer camp in New York.
Visiting day is always tough for the “out of towners”.
Watching all the other kids waiting to see their parents.
(Not to mention the goodies they would get!)
It was not a day she was looking forward to.
Suddenly, she couldn’t believe her eyes.
“Who showed up to visit me?
Rabbi and Mrs. Leibowitz!
Complete with bags full of goodies!
When my parents couldn’t be there?
They were my parents.
How could I ever forget that”!
But there’s more.
… You may remember that the Rabbi and his wife were not blessed with children of their own.
This was during their “child bearing days”.
Dealing with infertility is extremely painful.
Especially when surrounded by family and friends delighting in their children.And imagine what visiting day in a summer camp can feel like.
Seeing all those kids running to hug their parents.
(Or some of the older boys running away, trying to avoid their mothers’ kisses!)
Rabbi Leibowitz and his wife put all that aside.
They needed to visit their daughter!
… Next time “going the extra mile” for someone might really make a difference?
But we just don’t feel “up to it”?
We should remember this story.
The little girl is now a grandmother.
And she will never forget it!
All the best,