By A Lakewood Resident
Last week, I was at home with my kids, and it was hectic as usual. Nothing extreme, just a couple of healthy and lively kids all under the age of 10. The phone rang and I scrambled to find the handset. “Hello,” I said. The woman on the other end of the line was calling on behalf of Hatzolah. “We are making an evening event on May 11 at 7:00 PM, and we’d love if you can join us.”
I glanced at my calendar on the kitchen wall, and thought to myself “How can I possible drop everything on a school night for a few hours and make it to an event?!”
This past Shabbos we had a simchah in our family. My sister and brother in law’s oldest son Shloime was becoming Bar Mitzvah. After a beautiful davening and kiddush we were all sitting around for a family seudah when my brother in law’s radio went off. He quickly apologized and in a flash he was gone. We heard the sound of sirens fade into the distance as a silence fell over the room.
“How can he leave like that?,” I though. I can see all my siblings thinking the same thing, when suddenly I heard my sister tell her son the most beautiful thing I had ever heard.
“Shloime,” she said, “when it comes to doing the mitzvah of saving lives, your tatty always stops everything he’s doing, no matter what, and runs off to help. You know how proud of him we all are and the sacrifices he makes and we all make so that he can continue his amazing work. Today, at your Bar Mitzvah I want to you to learn how important it is that no matter what, when a mitzvah comes your way, you need to stop what you are doing and go do the mitzvah.”
As we sat there speechless, my mind wandered back to the phone call I received from Hatzolah. How can I think about not attending? Right then and there I decided that no matter what, I would stop whatever I’m doing and be there on Monday night May 11.
We all have seen and experienced the great work Hatzolah does. They are always on call, dropping everything on a moments notice to help others. All they ask in return is that we show our support by joining their event on Monday evening May 11 in Lake Terrace Hall. How can we possible say no?
Thank you Hatzolah for everything you do. I know I can always count on you, and I want you to know you can count on me too. See you on Monday!