Besides his work as a kiruv rabbi, Rabbi Benzion Klatzko’s other area of expertise is Jewish art. His home is decorated with many beautiful Jewish themed paintings. When he shared with me this story that combined art with kiruv, I knew we had a real masterpiece of a story to tell.
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Even in the most difficult periods of one's life, Hashem provides a glimmer of hope to reassure us that He is there for us. The following is a story of how Reb David Hyman, a father raising a disabled son, experienced one such instance of hope and reassurance. On Purim, let us reflect on this idea that Hashem is always guiding our way through the darkness and challenges that may come our way.
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My son, Benji, was a premature baby, weighing only four pounds and one ounce at birth. He was rushed immediately to the Maimonides Intensive Care Unit, where it was determined that he had suffered severe brain damage. My wife and I, a young couple, were deeply shocked and disturbed by this news. We couldn't imagine how we could deal with such an unthinkable reality. Yet, then and there, we resolved to accept the situation and do whatever needed to be done. Specialists told us that we could only pray at this point, and that was a good place to start.