I have been a close friend and Rabbi to this family for nearly thirty years, going back to even before their marriage.
There are six children living at home, all of whom have had to look to the father for virtually all of their needs while the mother was battling the disease that finally took her life before their very eyes.
I cannot describe to you what I have seen. On the one hand, there has been, and is, the incredible strength and faith that has been shown in facing these challenges. And it is a great credit to the parents, that their children, too, are sharing in and living this same faith.
But at the same time, I cannot deny the depth of the blow to this family. We are seeing a miracle in their ability to go on. But we cannot allow ourselves to rely on a miracle in dealing with the crushing financial burdens that surround this situation.
We look with hope that the community will reach out and help.
Rabbi Nasan Maimon
World Renowned Lecturer