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Tales of Triumph: Two Steps Forward

As told to Riva Pomerantz

It was all over in a matter of a month. One day, my beautiful mother was strong and healthy, celebrating her 40th birthday. The next week, she was in the hospital for tests. Three weeks later, we were all called to her bedside to say goodbye.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

beachNo more was I Shevy the Tenth Grader, Shevy the Student, or even Shevy the Next-door Neighbor. Now I was Shevy the Orphan. Period.

Shivah was a blur of visitors and food and more food. Our family, which had always been so private and self-sufficient, was now painfully exposed to the kindness of the entire community and beyond. And while the chesed warmed our hearts and the endless meals filled our stomachs, the contrast to our former lives was stark and brutal.

 

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