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"Because it's a mitzvah"

Wednesday, 15 February, 2012 - 2:19 pm

As some of you may know, Chani left on Wednesday to take part in the International Chabad Women’s Convention. Each one of these visits raises my appreciation of the amount of responsibility Chani carries with so much patience and devotion... Before she left, she made challah for Shabbat...

Leibel was very excited to see Mommy making challah on Tuesday evening and asked to shape some dough as well. Leibel worked for a while, shaping the six-strand braided challah he learned from his mother. When it was done, his satisfaction was evident.

The Challahs are about to go in to the oven and Rivky dashes into the kitchen. "I didn't know you were making challah tonight! I always like to make challah myself. It's not fair..."

Chani explained that the dough was all shaped already and she'll have the opportunity again next week. Rivky clearly wasn't happy.

At that moment, I watched Leibel trotting quietly to the table. He lifted his beautiful Challah from the pan and handed it to Rivky. "Just squish it and make your own," he said.

There are no greater moments of nachas than seeing your children giving of themselves to another and feeling the pain of their sibling.

"Why did you do it?" I asked Leibel. - "Because it's a mitzvah" he answered with the brightest smile.

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INNA wrote...

Shalom, Rabbi.

You and Chani are amazing parents and, I am sure, both of you draw your knowledge from the thousands of years old Jewish traditions and wisdom. May both of you continue your great work and enjoy the fruit of your labours.

Shabbat Shalom.