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Shabbat Of Unity

Marvelous Encounter

I am writing in response to Rebbetzin Jungreis`s beautiful June 8 column ("The Gift of Unity") in which she wrote of our chassidic family`s tribute in a Connecticut hotel to our beloved grandmother, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor.

The Rebbetzin focused on the hashgachah pratis that led to her meeting our extended family as we honored our grandmother in the same hotel where the Rebbetzin`s Hineni organization was holding an event of its own.

The pleasure was mutual, and our marvelous encounter with the Rebbetzin left us all with a feeling of fulfillment that will linger for a long time.

The Rebbetzin wrote of the beautiful kingdom (close to 400 descendents) of a modest and faithful queen, our grandmother, and the impact we made on Hineni members. But the Rebbetzin made her own strong and lasting impact on us.

All through Shabbos, wherever the Rebbetzin was walking, you would spot little groups from our family gathered around her, drinking in her words of Torah, emunah and chizuk. She helped raise a special occasion to an even higher level. And what a sight it was when the Rebbetzin joined our grandmother hand in hand behind the beautifully adorned Torah amid the lively singing and dancing.

Thank you, Rebbetzin.

Miriam Biederman