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Believe in Miracles

Yisroel Besser

Yaakov Shwekey has learned that fame and adulation are worthless, and that the accolades are for a gift given him as a means of creating connections that bypass barriers.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

JenineShwekey is inEretzYisrael, accompanying a student at her beloved Special Children’s Center as he fulfills a dream, andYaakov is holding down the fort. He’s doing an adequate job with bedtime; a much better job with the positive reinforcement, showering his fourteen-year-old daughter with thanks for her impressive attempt at supper. At a certain point, he gives up on trying to get the kids to bed. He sighs, but his eyes give him away. He’s enjoying himself, reveling in the casual ease of his family and home. “Good,” he says, relaxed. If he’s going to be interviewed, he doesn’t want to be seen backstage, doing last-minute pre-performance prep, but right here amidst the happy chaos of his family. ToYaakovShwekey, all of this — the children, his home and community in Deal, the blessed routine of life — aren’t just gifts. They are the secret of what makes him who he is.

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