Happy Mother’s Day to my very special mother Z”L. It has been over 26 years since you are gone but you are always in my heart and thoughts. Your love for your family was palpable. Your strong belief, trust and love for G-d knew no bounds and only got stronger as your many challenges grew. You lovingly helped care for a sick mother from the time you were so young until you lost her before you were even 25. You were an advocate for a special needs son and fought to get him a proper education at a time when that was a constant battle with so little support. You unfortunately became ill before you were 50 and yet you defied every medical expectation and lived for almost another 30 years. Your life was a financial roller coaster, yet whether rich or poor, you lived a meaningful life with love and dignity.
Everyday was a beautiful gift, appreciating every single day of life. You never gossiped and, literally, never had a bad word to say about anyone. In your eyes, the sun was always shining and yet you delighted in the rain, always commenting that the rain made the grass and flowers grow.
My deep love for Israel is absolutely because of you. I remember clearly how you described exactly where you were when you listened to the broadcast on the radio of the UN vote to accept a partition plan for the future State of Israel. It was one of the highlights of your life. In 1965 you wrote “Sweet Land of Israel, I’m Coming Home” to express your longing to return Home.
You were singing at a small hotel in the Catskills when my beloved Dad Z”L heard the voice of an angel and fell instantly in love. My father knew the day he met you that he had found his life partner because of your beauty inside and out.
Your love for your family was infinite. You loved us all deeply to the core and we all felt it. Thank you for teaching me by example how to be a mother.
I pray to always have the fortitude, belief and kindness that defined you. During this pandemic I often think of you, trying to gain strength from the life you lived. I miss you always and feel your love forever.