Brotherhood
צילום: פלאש90

Translation by Yehoshua Siskin

Ori Shechter heard the following story from a friend in New York and asked me to publish it:

“An elderly widow understood before Pesach that she would have to hold her Seder alone. One of her neighbors offered to place his Seder table next to the entrance to his apartment and keep the door open in order that she would be able to hear the entire Seder from her apartment. And so it was. She opened her door and heard every word coming from her neighbor’s Seder table. During Pesach, her son called and asked how her Seder went. ‘Wonderful,’ his mother said. ‘I felt completely at home. It was interesting how my neighbor conducted his Seder exactly as your father, of blessed memory, conducted it. The same style, the same melodies, the same customs. The melodies brought back wonderful memories.’
‘Mother,’ her son said. ‘Now I understand what your neighbor was up to. He called me a week ago and asked me to record for him all of our family’s Seder melodies and provide details of all our customs'”.

Just before Pesach, during those hectic days when the coronavirus was wreaking havoc, this is what concerned the neighbor of an elderly lady. Not only to open his door for her, but to have her feel as uplifted as possible during her Seder, despite being alone.

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Sivan Rahav-Meir is a media personality and lecturer. Married to Yedidya, the mother of five. Lives in Jerusalem. She works for Israel TV news, writes a column for Yediot Aharonot newspaper, and hosts a weekly radio show on Galei Zahal (Army Radio). Her lectures on the weekly Torah portion are attended by hundreds and the live broadcast attracts thousands more listeners throughout the world.
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