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Section:  Avodah   Category: Ahavas Yisroel
Kiryat Ungvar, Ramot, Jerusalem - You Can Count On Your Sister

(Submitted by an appreciative mother) "Bizchus nashim tzidkanios shehayu be'oso hador..." Rabbi Avira

While our husbands are away during the day, hard at work or hard at learning, it's kind of up to us women to handle other mitzvos including taking care of the home, raising the kids and believe it or not, looking out for those around us, in other words - Ahavas Yisroel. Although I am sure many communities have this as well, since this was the first time I myself had experienced what I am about to tell you, after living in three other frum areas prior to where we live now, to me this is very special and worth writing about.

Is it surprising to hear that when a woman gives birth, the local N'shei (bless their hearts) arranges meals for a week for the woman and her family? Probably not. But what really amazed me was when one of the neighbors was on bed rest, one of the women here arranged for daily, weekly, meals from anyone who could and would help. So there we were, several families, of all the various charedi sectors, pulling together to help a fellow Jewish mother in need. Every one of those mothers found the time among her extremely busy scedule (some were even working moms who barely had time to cook their own family's meals!) to make sure the family of the ill woman was cared for.  And this went on for weeks.

In general, I have not found that women in my neighborhood distance themselves from neighbors of different sects (Chassidish, Litvish, Sefaradi), Ramot really is a very united neighborhood, Baruch Hashem. Yet here, the women don't just "getting along", they look out for each other as though they were truly sisters - as should be. We really do need to remind ourselves constantly that we are all one, Hashem's children, brothers and sisters. I believe that if we constantly force ourselves to picture other Jews as our siblings, this will help us to love each other as we love our siblings. Those of us who have siblings that have gone in completely different directions than we, have different tastes and opinions, but still when we all get together for family gatherings, the love conquers all, know just what I mean.

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