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What’s in YOUR Kishkas?

September 19, 2012

This was quite a year for me! Before Yizkor I will have something
to say about my medical event of the year … of a lifetime! But, on this,
the first day of the Jewish New Year, I want to speak to you about what
was, for me and my family, the most significant Jewish event of this past
year. I spoke of it when it happened, but I speak of it again because it
helps answer a question I asked the Cantor this year which both he and I
had trouble answering.

It was on the first day of Pesach. All of my grandchildren were
playing in the backyard on the new swing set we had purchased, when
all of a sudden our next to youngest – Elana, who is three years old – fell
off the swing, breaking her elbow. She was taken to GBMC where they
felt the break was more severe than they wanted to handle. That led to
an ambulance ride to Johns Hopkins. At Hopkins, being in severe pain,
they gave Elana morphine which put her in a bit of a stupor. And
suddenly, in the midst of it all and from out of nowhere, she started to
sing a song she had learned in her preschool class … “kol od balevav
p’nima nefesh yehudi homiyah – as long as in the heart within a Jewish
soul still yearns and onward towards the ends of the east an eye still
gazes toward Zion, our hope is not yet lost. The hope of 2000 years to
be a free people in our land – the land of Zion and Jerusalem.” That’s
what she sang in her medically induced stupor – the Hatikvah! You tell
me: why? Certainly there are songs she is more familiar with; songs
like: “The Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round, “Mary had a Little
Lamb,” “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” or even “Dip the Apple in the
Honey!” What made her sing the Hatikvah? READ MORE

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