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Every year, more than 27 million people in the US attend class reunions, whether it’s for a 10-year or 50-year trip down memory lane. How to prepare yourself for these events, how to avoid awkward moments, plus tips for planning a reunion for your own class.
Before kiruv was a household term, Rebbetzin Phyllis Weinberg a”h was busy drawing countless people closer to Yiddishkeit. Programs that are now in vogue, she was establishing in the 1960s and 1970s — a shmiras halashon organization, a taharas hamishpachah educational initiative, a frum shidduch network, to name just a few. Her life motto was simple: “Never let the opportunity to do a mitzvah go by.”
It was supposed to have been a regular Wednesday morning. I got out of bed and took a few steps when I suddenly felt a sharp pain in my chest. I walked a few more steps but the pain only became more acute. I’ll lie down for a bit, I thought, until the pain recedes. But when I tried to lie down, I discovered I couldn’t lift my legs. In a panic, I called a local medical hotline. “You must be having a heart attack,” the woman at the other end told me. “I suggest you get yourself straight to the hospital.