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Beacon of light in Tzfat

Beacon of light in Tzfat

Friday, 21 March, 2014 - 10:11 am

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I'm writing to you this morning from the City of Tzfat in Israel, where I came to spend Shabbat with my mother and family. 

Over two years ago I asked you for your prayers after my mother suffered a severe stroke and was in serious condition in the hospital.

Since that day many of you, especially those who have met her when she visited Victoria, have asked continuously to get updates about my mother's recovery and condition. 

ima and meir.JPGIt has been a long journey for my mother from that day in June of 2011. Today, visiting my mother in Tzfat, I can happily report to you that my mother, with the great power of her spirit and amazing family support, returned to her full spiritual strength.

While her mobility is still compromised, she has gotten back to her role as a beacon of light in Tzfat, counseling and teaching people with her famous generosity and warmth.

Tomorrow, on my 35th birthday, I will be thankful to Hashem for all of His blessings that he showered upon myself and our family; being in Tzfat, I will be thinking mostly about my mother, who continues to be the pillar of wisdom and kindness of our family.

Comments on: Beacon of light in Tzfat
3/21/2014

Don Morris wrote...

Rabbi Meir,
How wonderful you are with your Mom on your 35th in Tzfat!
Blessings to her, to you, and your entire family in this momentous time.
Gut Shabbos~
3/21/2014

peter gary wrote...

I cannot believe it. She looks MUCH younger than you Rabbi. And . . .
On your 35th Mazel . . .Mazel . . .Mazel . . .Tov. Bis a Hindred und Zwanzig!
From who else, but
The Old Man on the Mountain & Judy
3/21/2014

Miklos Fischer wrote...

It is wonderful to see your Mother recover so well.We wish you happy birthday and a pleasant stay in Israel.
Miklos and Judit Fischer
3/21/2014

proud mother in law (mommy and bubby) wrote...

mazel tov! mazel tov Meir! Many more happy healthy ones together with Chani and the zisse kinderlach with much success in EVERYTHING together with your wonderful community!
3/21/2014

Susan Kristofferson wrote...

Beautiful Rabbi! Happy Birthday!
3/22/2014

Alex Porzecanski wrote...

Happy Birthday, Rabbi, and to be so fortunate as to be with your Mom in your birth city!!
Alex and Ana
3/22/2014

Malca Casiro wrote...

Yom huledet sameach! May all your blessings be appreciated and may you continue to be our Beacon of Light in Victoria .
3/22/2014

lindy shortt wrote...

B"H

Shavua tov Rabbi Kaplan and we hope that your birthday on this beautiful Shabbos day was memorable and filled with joy and menuchah!

It was our extraordinary pleasure to go to Tzvat and visit with your beloved mother, Rebbetzin Sara Kaplan, who has been our friend, teacher and counsel over the last 7 or so years. We will continue to pray that her ability to move matches her ability to teach, connect and counsel.

We are so grateful to have you, Chani, your sisse kinderlach and the rest of your family, including your precious mother, in our lives.

Shmuel and Lindy - from Tel Aviv
3/22/2014

Wolf and family wrote...

All the best and enjoy your journey
Wolf and family
3/22/2014

Betty Mortin wrote...

Happy Birthday Rabbi and a warm hello to your mother. She and Kayla were so gracious to me when I stayed with them on my visit to Tzfat.Wishing all who accompany you a safe journey on this JLI trip. It was awesome when I took it in 2008, and I am sure all who go this year will be equally inspired! Baruch HaShem!!!
3/23/2014

Gerald B. Stanford wrote...

What can I say more than re-iterate what your friends have already said....
Mzel Tov on your birthday, and Mazel mazel Tov to your Mother on having you home with her on this day, and to see her looking so well - she could be your younger sister. If I can come to Tzfat again I shall make a point to come see Her. Love, Best Wishes and Admiration and Blessings of HaShem to both of You, Gerry
3/23/2014

Gerald B. Stanford wrote...

What can I say more than re-iterate what your friends have already said....
Mzel Tov on your birthday, and Mazel mazel Tov to your Mother on having you home with her on this day, and to see her looking so well - she could be your younger sister. If I can come to Tzfat again I shall make a point to come see Her. Love, Best Wishes and Admiration and Blessings of HaShem to both of You, Gerry
3/26/2014

Elisabeth Gelb wrote...

Dear Rabbi,
Happy 35th Birthday! Mazel Tov! How wonderful to spend this precious time with your Beloved Ema.