This is a story about a Bubie who wanted to give her grandchildren everything they wanted and needed in their lives for as long as she could. My Bubie says that all grandparents get a lot of pleasure out of giving to their grandchildren. Sometimes, grandparents need to learn when giving too much can hurt their grandchildren.
My Bubie says that the world that God has created for us is full of splendor, wonder, surprise, and complexity. I am not sure that I understand all these words, but my Bubie promised us that after our visit to the zoo, I would understand what she is talking about. This is a story about how my siblings, and I began to see the wonder, the “Wow!” in our world when we left our neighborhood of Mea Shearim, in Jerusalem, and went on an adventure that I will never forget.
Yossi was not sure why David wanted him to think about how he was feeling when he saw what was happening around him, but he trusted David. He trusted him because his Rabbi had told him that David could help him, but also because he was comfortable around David. He was a good listener and Yossi felt that David cared about him and wanted to help Yossi to understand what was happening to him, what caused it to happen and how he could learn to control this unique power.
Yossi’s Rabbi called him one evening at home and asked him to come to his office the next day. He wanted him to meet someone.
The next day, after Yeshiva, Yossi went to his Rabbi’s office. The Rabbi opened the door and there, sitting in a chair, was a young man with a knitted Kippa (head covering), a colorful shirt and light pants. Yossi had never seen someone dressed like this in his Yeshiva
My Bubie gets upset when she comes to our home in Mea Shearim and sees writing on the walls that say hateful things about other Jews. She knows that most people do not agree with what is written but, every time she comes, the writing is still there. This story is one about the power of words, to hurt or to heal. It is in three parts, one for the next three weeks. My Bubie says words are more powerful than weapons and we must always be careful with how we use them.
My brother was at Meron when a horrible disaster happened in which 45 people were trampled. It is hard to accept that people who go to celebrate a special holiday could end up badly hurt, or worse. There were many stories from this tragedy, my Bubie wrote this one. Although bad things happen to good people, and even children, we must try to hope that tomorrow will be better.
The Camera that Could See “Inside"
My Bubie says that dreams can be very powerful messages that we receive while we are sleeping. Sometimes, a person from Heaven can even talk to us in our dreams and help us to make important decisions or help us not to be afraid. My Bubie says that her Bubie and Zadie often come to her in her dreams to tell her that she shouldn’t be afraid and things will be alright. One time, her great-Zaidi, whom she had never met, came to her in a dream and spoke Yiddish to her. What is interesting about that is that my Bubie doesn’t speak Yiddish but she understood everything that he said to her! When she told my Tate (Father) about the dream, she told him in English what her great-Zaidi had said, but was sure that he was speaking Yiddish to her and that she understood him.
This story is about a unique camera that a young girl received for her 12th birthday. It was a gift that she had dreamt about receiving for a few years. Through the lens of the camera and the power of a dream, this young girl was able to bring happiness to others.
It is difficult for me to understand why people behave the way they do. Sometimes you see people getting very angry and sometimes you see people doing something over and over again hoping it will be perfect. My Bubie says that anger can be dangerous because it can cause us to do and say things that are very hurtful to others and often, we cannot take back what we did or said. Also, she says that it is not important to be perfect, just to do the best we can. However, sometimes, in a person’s head they feel that by doing something over and over again they will eventually be perfect and that makes them calm. The problem is that if we do that, we never move on to do all of the many things that we want to accomplish in our lives.
This story is about a very kind person who needed help to move forward in his life. He finds the help in the most interesting of objects, goose eggs and feathers.
My Bubie says that as soon as we are big enough to talk and to understand we are told what is acceptable and what is not. These are rules. Sometimes they are written down and sometimes we are just told them, orally. Each group and every society have a set of rules that the people are expected to follow. Usually, if you don’t follow the rules you get punished. That is why most people follow the rules. Some people follow the rules because they understand that it is good for them and for others.
I asked my Bubie if there was ever a time when a person shouldn’t follow the rules and how would they know if it was that time or not? My Bubie told me that was a good question but not an easy one to answer and then she told me the following story.
There are times when we are young and we need to take a lot of responsibility to do the things that must get done. When you have a large family, everyone has to help and often what is important to you doesn’t happen. My Bubie says that this can be difficult but it also has its blessings. It means that you learn how to do things by yourself and after that, you become stronger in your belief that you can do things on your own. However, my Bubie thinks that it is important to get help too. Sometimes help can come from a parent, a friend, a neighbor, a Bubie, a Zada, a Rav or a teacher. Sometimes help can come from a person in a uniform or a person who seems like a simple worker who just wants to aid you in fulfilling the mission that you have set for yourself. Bubie says that help comes if your mission is important, true, real and if you make your own efforts, what we call, hishtadlut.
Here is a story about a very motivated young boy who had a desire to build his family a succah for the Succoth holidays.