Mazal tov to Emily Goodman, as she becomes Bat Mitzvah this Shabbat morning, and to Jonathan Cohen, who becomes Bar Mitzvah on Sunday, with is Rosh Hodesh Kislev. At Shabbat morning's service, I'll also be reprising our ever popular "Great Toldot Taste Test." This week's portion is a Jewish Foodie's paradise. In it, food changes history, not once, but twice: first, there's Jacob's "Lentil Soup a la Ruddy" which entices Esau to sell his birthright, and then Jacob and Rebecca cook up a dinner scrumptious enough to trick Isaac into giving his younger son the big blessing. Once again this week, we'll have a blind taste test of four scrumptious local hallahs. Which one is the best for this year? Stay tuned....
Yesterday, I spoke to one of the children in Primary 5 (5th grade) who told me that when she grows up she wants to be a teacher, like Lillian. Another boy told me he wants to be a doctor when he grows up, so that none of his friends will have to miss school again because they are sick from HIV/AIDS. Education is the first step to giving these wonderful children a shot at the future.
From my own experience here, I can tell you that if there is one thing that is maybe even more important than education, it is hope. And that is what you all have given to Lillian and the 200 children in her school - hope for their future. I cannot thank you enough for the support and warm wishes. I am truly overwhelmed and completely humbled by every single one of you.
An update: the land brokers have given us one more week to finish making the payments. Lillian has sold off some of the school's assets to contribute to the payments making us SO close to the finish line. If you would like to help us spread the word and try to reach our goal, please 'share' this GoFundMe page or tell one friend about Lillian's story.
There are not words to express my gratitude. THANK YOU.