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A Note by our Door that Changed our Life

Friday, 4 October, 2013 - 2:51 pm

It was nine years ago when we returned from Vancouver, where we spent Simchat Torah, and a note by our door changed the way we conducted our life from that day on. 

We arrived in Victoria permanently ten years ago after Yom Kippur. Sukkot was wonderful but Simchat Torah was difficult. We were used to a great celebration, with great joy, dancing and excitement, and in Victoria it was quiet, very quiet.

The following year we decided to go to a bigger community for Simchat Torah, and so we did. We had a wonderful time in Vancouver.

When we returned home we found a note that was deposited into our home through the mail slot; "I came to Chabad for Simchat Torah - I thought that we would have a wonderful celebration but no one answered the door..."

The message was clear to us: Victoria is our home and here we will celebrate all of the holidays. Since then we never left Victoria for Simchat Torah or for any other holiday...

On Thursday night, when many children and adults came to celebrate Simchat Torah at Chabad -when the atmosphere was as my memories of this holiday - I concluded that there is no reason to go anywhere for Simchat Torah. Simchat Torah came to Victoria.

Comments on: A Note by our Door that Changed our Life

Barbi wrote...

Rabbi, from a Vancouverite ... Victoria is so lucky to have you! Shabbat Shalom!

Sheila wrote...

Truly, home is where the heart is, it is our great fortune to have you.