Remembering Hacham Yom Tov Yedid
Thank you for writing such an eloquent and informative tribute to Hacham Yom Tov Yedid, the last Chief Rabbi of Halab. He was a large-hearted Torah giant who gave his life to Torah and mitzvot. After coming to America, he asked for no credit or position, though in Syria he had been the leader of the community there. Hacham Yedid was a humble man who only wanted to strengthen himself and the community in Torah learning. He will forever be missed for his genuine piety, quiet ways, and strong convictions.
Dor Yeshorim Expands to the Sephardic Community
Thank you for writing about the important and necessary services of Dor Yeshorim in your August issue. We hope that, through this letter, our fellow community members will realize how vital it is for our youths to take this blood test before getting married and starting a family of their own.
Let me start by saying that my husband and I are both regular SY's. We both come from typical families in Deal, and there are no traces of Ashkenazic blood in either of our families. Therefore, before we got married, we were told that it was not necessary to go through Dor Yeshorim; there was no reason to have to do so. But when I was expecting, I went for routine blood work and lo’ and behold, we found out we were BOTH carriers of Cystic Fibrosis, a serious genetic disease. After much research, we found out that it would be extremely difficult to have children in the future.
This letter comes not to just tell you of our personal life, but to share a message: Dor Yeshorim is here to help us build our families. Baruch Hashem we were the lucky ones, who found out we were carriers before, chas v’shalom, we had an affected child with Cystic Fibrosis.
We are so happy that Community Magazine and Dor Yeshorim came together and brought out the serious truth that threatens Syrians and Ashkenazim alike. We’re begging fellow community members to go for a simple blood test before starting your lives together. It is well worth it.
Pioneer of Outreach
Last month’s tribute to Esther Jungreis, A”H, was nice – but definitely too short. She deserved a much lengthier tribute. A person could live 120 years and not come even close to what Rebbetzin Jungreis accomplished in just one hour. I had the privilege of watching her one night when she was giving a very inspiring shiur in Manhattan. After the shiur, there was a line of fifty people waiting to speak to her. I watched as she gave every single person all the time they needed with the most beautiful and genuine smile. She made each person feel like he or she was the most important person in the room. After each person finished speaking, she asked that they follow up with her again. Rebbetzin Jungreis brought thousands of Jews back to religion and was a tremendous role model to so many. She will be missed by all of Am Yisrael.
I always find the ‘Healthy Homelife’ column interesting and informative. Last month’s topic - tips for optimizing your child’s transition to high school - was certainly no exception. It just so happens that this year my oldest son is a freshman in high school. Needless to say, we were both very nervous about the transition. But, at least now I feel a little bit more secure after reading the helpful tips that were suggested in the article. Sure, I’m still a little nervous about the situation, but not nearly as much as before.