Appreciating The Gift of Israel

Jul 15th, 2009 by admin in Spiritual Growth
The following story is offered by Rabbi Sholom Brodt:

Our son Netzach started to go to nursery school when he was about four or five years old. Judy would always send him off with a ‘healthy’ lunch which meant that his sandwiches were usually prepared on dark whole wheat bread. It would happen sometimes that Netzach would come home crying because his friends would make fun of his whole wheat bread that was so different from their white bread. I would sit with Netzach and try to comfort him, explaining that not everyone understood the importance of health food as his mother did and that it was only because she loved him so much and cared about his health that she gave him only the best foods. And even if his food looks different and other children would make fun of it, he needn’t get upset over that.

Netzach stopped crying, looked at me and said, “Tatty, I’m not crying because they made fun of my sandwhich, I’m crying because they made fun of something that my mother did for me.” I’ll never forget that moment of enlightenment. I was stunned by the depth of his words.

Eretz Yisrael is special to us because it is a gift that Hashem gave us. Let us appreciate it. Amen.

The Foundation Stone is grateful to Rav Sholom Brodt, Rosh Yeshiva/Dean of Yeshivat Simchat Shlomo,