Love Your Fellow Jew

On Wednesday, a young Israeli couple was driving from San Diego to Las Vegas and got in a terrible car crash in Wildomar (15 @ Clinton Keith).

I was called shortly after and arrived at the hospital while the girl was still in surgery.

She broke her neck and spine and the doctors were rebuilding it.

Please say a prayer for Nava bat Simcha Mimi. Our JLI class that night was also in the merit of her recovery.

I’m not telling you this story to gossip about someone else’s misfortune.

It’s to tell you how wonderful our community is.

And what it means to love a fellow Jew.

After a long day and just finishing cleaning up dinner, Natanya made a second dinner for the family.

That’s love for a fellow Jew.

I then called a doctor friend who is the head at a nearby hospital and asked if she has any connections that might help Nava get the best care.

She visited herself!! Even though it’s not her hospital! Even though she never met her!

This is loving a fellow Jew.

Yesterday, I started getting calls from all over the world. Israel, Utah, Maryland, New Jersey and Honolulu just a mention a few.

They all were asking the same questions.

So we set up a “command center”.

“Her mother and sister are on a plane and arriving Friday morning. They keep kosher and Shabbat. Where can they stay?”

I told them we can bring food and they’re welcome to stay in our home, but the closest hotel to the hospital is 10 miles away!

Then I thought of another idea.

Chavi & Elad are another Israeli family that keep kosher and Shabbat, and live just down the street from the hospital! (A very bizarre place for a kosher family to live.)

I called them up, and without batting an eye, Chavi invited these strangers to stay in her home indefinitely!

And her husband offered to pick them up from the airport (they already had ride).

And she proceeded to the hospital immediately to be with the family.

This is Ahavas Yisroel (love for a fellow Jew).

And there’s one more important thing to learn.

The Baal Shem Tov taught that a soul can come down into the world for 70 or 80 years just to do a favor for another.

This means that all the good deeds a person does for decades might just be peripheral.

The purpose for which their soul came down into the world was just for this one favor.

I think about this.

Perhaps, this is why Natanya & I came to Temecula for all these years.

Just to help them.

And for sure Elad and Chavi, who have been living alone in Wildomar for years and years, isolated from other Jews and Judaism.

For what?

The purpose of it all may be coming to light now.

Chavi and Elad have been here all this time, waiting for the opportunity to be right where they are needed to selflessly help another Jew in distress.

At this point I don’t know what else will be needed, but it’s gonna be a long road to recovery for Nava.

If you would like to stay in the loop and get notified if any other helping opportunities arise, please join this WhatsApp group.

And there are more opportunities for Ahavas Yisroel (loving a fellow Jew).

Here is a little document we put together describing the new initiative of loving fellow Jews.


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