Sometimes you touch someone’s soul, in ways you never expected. Chaviva has been my friend for a while now, and I love her with all my heart. I was so humbled to receive this letter from her, and as requested, am putting it on my blog.
What can I say about you, Hadassah? You’ve been my yiddishe mama, guiding me through some of my most stressful and heart-breaking moments with my own family. My parents, largely unwilling to deal with my conversion and my life events as a Jewish woman, have distanced themselves from me, even saying they weren’t going to come to my wedding. You took me by the hand and calmed me, on a daily basis, being what every Jewish gal needs — a mom. You made me smile, you made me feel proud of who I am. You are always helping me to see myself as something special and something important. You are my guiding light in many ways.
To all people, you are loving, caring, kind, and you always are trying to help those around you. You use your blog to pose important life questions and then rally support (or crowdsource, in the e-term) for answers to these pressing questions on family, Judaism, life, and relationships. I’ve never seen you turn a blind eye to anything; you’ve got too big a heart for that. You’re a modest, kind, loving Jewish woman who has raised her boys well.