• Seena Elbaum

My Friend My Rabbi

Updated: Apr 9, 2019

I went to visit a very dear friend and beloved rabbi today. Around 6 months ago it looked like he was almost gone for good. There was very little evidence to believe that he would make it. Well, his family, friends, community and global extended family rallied around him, and his family with relentless love, prayer and support. This past week, after 5 ½ months in a hospital and rehab, he returned home. He has a long way to go to continue to rebuild, and has the love and support of an amazing family, community, friends and caregivers. He has already come so so far; it is nothing short of a true miracle. During a short but spirited visit, I said to him, “THIS is one of the happiest days of my life” and the smile that came to his face was unreal. We extended our pointer fingers and touched, like the famous scene in the movie E.T. He is strong, present, full of determination, and best of all, he is alive, aware, understands everything, and has faith. There’s two ways to look at a situation like this. One way is to focus on the why did it happen, what will be down the road, how will he manage, and other questions like these, all of which are full of uncertainty, doubt and focusing energy in the wrong place. The other way to embrace the situation as it is now, as good, to focus on the unimaginable unity that came about because of his health crisis, as well as a purposeful growth in connection to prayer and kindness with him in mind. It is a pure joy to know that he is alive and to be able to share that joy with him and see his soul shine. I will end by saying, he is a steady source of inspiration and lesson that even in the darkest of moments, it’s best to hold on to hope and believe, it will get better.

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