Saturday, November 24, 2007

LO goes to the Chabad

LO goes to her Dad's house every other weekend. He lives in West Palm Beach which is about 100 miles north of where we live . It's hard on LO for many reasons like she can't play with her friends here, she can't go to services at our Shul, she misses Sunday school, etc. My hope was that as she got older we would find a Shul for her that she could go to when she is up there or perhaps we could find somewhere that she could go to Sunday school on the Sundays that she is there. I searched the internet and found out that there is a Chabad within walking distance of her Dad's house! I mentioned this to her a while back but didn't really act on it.

Before leaving for her Dad's this week she asked me if I had a siddur that she could take with her. When I asked her why, she told me that she misses not having Shabbat and that if she had a siddur she could have Shabbat with her stuffed animals in her room there. (Yes - this made my heart melt.) I reminded her about the Chabad and told her that one day I was sure she could go over there and share Shabbat with them.

About an hour before Shabbat I got a phone call from her. She called to say Shabbat Shalom and then she told me that she met the Rabbi and his wife. When I asked her how, she explained that she was walking her Dad's dog and she remembered that I told her about the Chabad. So she looked at all the houses until she found one with a mezuzah. She walked up and rang the doorbell. The Rebbetzin answered the door and here is what LO said,

"Hello. My name is LO. I'm Jewish. My Hebrew name is Shoshana Leah and I am 9 years old."

I wish that I could have seen the Rebbetzin's face as she was looking down at a little Chinese girl saying this to her.

I had a chance to speak with the Rebbetzin. She adores LO and now it looks like I don't have to worry about where LO will spend Shabbat anymore!


torontopearl said...

Your daughter is truly one in a million -- precocious and wise beyond her years! What a beautiful example she sets. You definitely should be proud of her.

Jack's Shack said...

Very cool.

RaggedyMom said...

Wow! What a great solution. I wish (as I'm sure you do) that I could have seen the initial exchange between the Rebbetzin and LO! This is one kid who can hold her own anywhere - keep having nachas!

Kol Ra'ash Gadol said...

And Smart! Don't forget smart!
She had a few clues and figured out exactly what to do all on her own.

Z said...

She's a peach isn't she??? LOL.

Juggling Frogs said...

...and courageous!

I think this solution is a gift from Heaven.

May she always have the wisdom, strength, and courage to see her way through to and to recognize solutions.

You two made a great team, too. What a great parenting sandwich - you on either end with the information and the follow-up, her hishtaldut in the middle!

Hooray for LO! Hooray for you, too!