Rabbanit Mizrachi was at a women’s convention last week. On the stage was a group called “Playback”. They asked members of the audience to share stories which they would then act out. One young woman got up, and this is her story in her own words:
“I work as a resource room teacher with children who have learning disabilities. A few years ago a young boy began taking lessons in my resource room. I could not figure out what had brought him to seek my help. He clearly had no difficulty with his lessons and scored high on all of his exams. Yet, time after time, he consistently came to my resource room for his lessons. I was determined to find his area of weakness, but no matter how hard I tried, I could not find any type of learning disability or difficulty. Finally, out of frustration, I took him aside and told him that I could not continue giving him lessons. It was a waste of his time and his parents hard earned money and he clearly did not need any sort of remedial help. The boy turned to me and said, 'I will tell you why I am here, but I am asking you not to tell anyone else. I have a friend with a learning disability. Our teacher told him that he needed remedial classes in the resource room. He was so embarrassed to be singled out as having to go to your classes. I told him that it was no big deal and that I also take remedial classes. That is why I come to you -so that my friend will not be embarrassed.' The boy who came to my class so as not to embarrass his friend was Gilad Shaar הי"ד. He was 10 years old at the time."
As we enter the difficult period of the three weeks, let us be inspired by Gilad and the other pure neshamos to look at those around us with an ayin tov. This entails us to go out of our “comfort zone” to help others, to give that little extra of ourselves to bring joy to our fellow Jews.
There is a very big war, in which Jewish civilians are being targeted by mi rockets. We should look at the kindness in the world, say Tehillim, and take on some sort of commitment as a means by which to help bring mashiach NOW.
All the best, Avroham Yehudah Ross