An incredible scenario is currently playing out in Sydney. A little three year old girl has been diagnosed with cancer. She comes from an amazing family, her parents set the bar in acts of kindness. Her father dashes out at all hours to volunteer for Hatzolah, her mother cooks for anyone in need, and as well as the sick 3 year old there are three other young boys in the household.
So what do you do when your youngest child has to stay in hospital indefinitely, for chemo and an operation? How do you organize your life to ensure that the other three children are cared for, have their meals on time, are taken to and picked up from school, do their homework, have their clothes washed and a clean house, go to bed on time and get up again in the morning, get dressed and off to school?
Well, the entire frum community here has rallied in a way that is mind-blowing. People are cooking, cleaning, picking up and dropping off, visiting the hospital, and doing absolute everything that needs to be done. Family members have flown in from around the world to help out. It's an incredible event to witness. So much chessed inspired by one little girl and her family.
The irony is that while the community is doing all they can to help out a family in need, the rabbis of Sydney are embroiled in an ugly battle over kashrus.
Which only serves to remind me of this old blog post:
I heard from my teacher and father-in-law, who was the chief disciple of Rebbe Yechiel Michal of Zlotchov, that once when the Baal Shem Tov was traveling on the road, he stepped into a wooded area to pray the afternoon prayer. His disciples were dumbfounded to see him hitting his head against a tree, crying and screaming. Afterward, they asked him what had happened. He explained that he had seen, with divine inspiration, that in the generations before the coming of the Moshiach there would be a multitude of rabbis, and that they would be the very ones who would impede the redemption. [Otzar Chayim]
Please pray for little Libi Chava Leah bas Sharonne Rivka to have a Refuah Shleimah.