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Chavi’s Third Birthday

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Although the following incident occurred many years ago, it is etched in my mind as if it happened yesterday.

When I was about eight years old, my family and I were living in an old walk-up tenement building in the East Bronx. My best friend was Chavi. She lived on the top floor, while we lived on a lower floor.

Chavi’s father was a hardworking man who owned a little grocery store. He rose early every morning and returned late each night.

It was obvious that he loved his growing family, but Chavi seemed to have a special place in his heart. She had been born a “blue baby,” diagnosed with a congenital heart condition. The outlook at that time was grim, but a new surgical procedure seemed promising. The frightened parents agreed to allow Chavi to undergo the surgery. When Chavi recovered, her family dubbed the day of the surgery, “Chavi’s second birthday.”

One morning, as her father was preparing his breakfast, Chavi awoke and came into the kitchen.

“Go back to bed, Chavalah. Ima will wake you when it is time for school,” her father said.

Chavi insisted that she was not tired and wanted to tell her father what she had been learning in Hebrew school. Her father agreed, and Chavi sat down at the kitchen table.

Suddenly, a very loud noise awakened the entire family and much of the building. The ceiling above Chavi’s bed had fallen, and would probably have killed her had she still been in bed.

That date became Chavi’s “third birthday.”

Scharf’s Ateret Avot of Midwood, Bk’lyn

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Question: How has being an observant Jew in America changed since you were growing up?

 

 


There are two big changes: The first would have to be the abundance and easy access to kosher food. We didn’t have kosher pizza stores and Chinese takeout while growing up. Pesach was especially hard since we didn’t have any items at all at the supermarket. The second change would have to be the presence of openly Orthodox professionals in the workforce. Now when you go into a hospital you see doctors wearing yarmulkes.

- Phyllis Schindler

 

 

 

 


I was born in Poland and came here after the war. The biggest change would have to be the commitment to help Medinat Yisrael. Jews have always aided Israel but it seems more organized and frequent now.


-Helen Helfant


 

 

 

 

I grew up in the East Bronx. Back then it was very Jewish but today there are hardly any Jews living there. I’m amazed by how so many Jewish communities and neighborhoods have changed.

- Edith Birnbaum

 

 

 

 


We didn’t have bikur cholim when I was growing up and kosher food was not available in hospitals.


-Sylvia Skolnik

 


 



We didn’t have alternate parking on Shabbos and the holidays like we do now. I also feel that religious observance is stronger now, as can be seen by the mechitzas and separate seating at almost every event.


- Fay Gritz










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