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Women's Corner

A Special Message From Rabbanith Ruth Menashe

Rabbanith Ruth Menashe
Friday, August 2, 2013/Ab 26, 5773

Hakham Yosef Hayyim, 'a"h, writes in Ben Ish Hai Derashoth (Re-eh), that there is a special quality about deer, that we should all learn from. The deer, by its very nature, is very merciful. How do we see this? At times, when there is no rain, and all the animals are suffering from thirst, the deer digs its hooves into the ground and cries out to the Master of the Universe, to bring rain.

What is most unique about the deer's action, is that it does not cry out for itself, even though it is thirsty for water too, but rather, for all the other animals.

The holy sage, the Ben Ish Hai, writes that it is incumbent upon every single one of us that, when we see suffering in the world, even if we G-d forbid, are affected too, to cry out to G-d for the sake of others, and not for our own personal sake. This carries a profound lesson for all of us.

On a personal note, I would like to tell so many of you who, at this time, while I am going through trying times, did exactly what the deer does. You to cried out for me, prayed for my speedy recovery and reached out to G-d for me. May I ask you to please continue doing so for me (רות בת אהובה Ruth Bath Ahuva) and all the others who need Refuah Shelemah, complete healing, of His people Israel.

I want to thank all of you, for your outpouring of support and encouragement, which means so much to my family and myself.

Ruth Menashe

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