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What Hashem does is all for the good!

Dear friends,

Sunday morning we woke up for another one of those busy mornings, doing the last bit of shopping, preparing the food, we had a few hours to get ready for the community  BBQ.

Rivky and Leibel were running around the house collecting the items needed, Mussi and Mendel were making the shish kabobs in the kitchen, while Chani was tending to Shaina’s needs and delegating. Meanwhile, Rochel seemed to enjoy the happenings... I was running outside to load the grill onto the truck, which thank G-d, just fit in (by less than an inch!).
I was at the park first, starting to set up, and as usual, every few minutes on the phone with Chani asking for her good advice, or remembering more things which we forgot, or would be nice to have.
While setting up the food with some volunteers, the container of the salad dressing dropped and spilled all over the ground. I called again “Chani, where are you?” “We just picked up a few things from the Shul and we’re on our way over”, she answered. “I guess we'll have to manage without salad dressing, it all spilled” I said. “Oh no, that's not good” Chani responded “I guess I'll have to go back and prepare a new one”.
Mussi chuckled from the back seat of the van and started singing words of a song played often at our home, “but what Hashem does is all for the good“!
It was one of those moments when you realize how children, with their innocence, help make our faith a reality.

The Kaplan children present

 Dear friends,

It was Mussi and Rivky's wish to record a play to show at their birthday party last Sunday, so we got the family into the car on Thursday afternoon with our video camera and headed out to film the scenes around town. After many hours of work that Chani put into editing, we were very pleased, in fact surprised, at the finished product. The Kaplan children are proud to present "Yosef Moker Shabbat".  

Moishe Leibs

Dear Friends, 

Last Wednesday, a family in town, who had a baby boy, contacted me to assist with the brit arrangements. When the grandmother told me the boy’s name, I knew I needed to inform a specific individual of the occasion. 

Moishe Leib, who most of you know by Marvin, is eighty some years old, a very active member of the community, and a great man. I thought he would enjoy attending, perhaps for the first time, a brit of a child given the same name, "Moishe Leib." I asked him if he could attend the brit on Wednesday afternoon. Marvin explained to me kindly that due to another engagement, he wouldn’t be able to participate.

On Wednesday, when I received the email from the chair of the Light of Shabbat project of the delivery routes for this week, I was surprised to see that Marvin was assigned to the Langford route, and guess what!? Number 5 of his delivery sheet was the family with the newborn baby boy.

While you are reading this blog on Friday, the two Moishe Leibs of Vancouver Island are meeting for the first time. Bashert...

The strange gift

Dear Friends,

Last Friday, I stopped at Aubergine to do my last shopping before Shabbat. To my surprise, Matt, a young boy working at the store, handed me a strange gift.  

He held in his hands heavy metal, antique keys. "I brought them from Amsterdam. Tomorrow I'm going back home. I think I should leave them behind ... Do you need them?"

At first, I thought, what will I do with antique keys... but then I remembered that Mendel loves keys, so I graciously accepted the gift.

It was only when I got home that I realized the significance of the gift. There is one day in the Jewish calendar connected to a key, and it was that day! There is an ancient Jewish practice to make for this past Shabbat a "Shlissel Challah" - a challah in the shape of a key, to represent the gates that have been open for us after the festival of Pesach.

I don't know what Matt had in mind, and Mendel wasn't too excited about keys that don't actually open anything, but I thought it was great Divine providence...

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