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22 Adar II 5763 - March 26, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Why a Diamond?
A small tribute to Sara Gitta Refson Blum o.b.m.

I know one reason why Hashem created diamonds.

Whoever said that the whole world is a stage, could have similarly said that the world is one big parable (but he was a gentile, and might not have understood that kabbalistic concept). Diamonds, I believe, were created to serve as an example of the human soul, of those special people who work at polishing up their inner essence so that it glows and shines. And sometimes, not always, we are able to see -- this facet or that facet, this sparkle or that gleam.

I met Sora Gitta when she was already busily buffing her diamond soul with one mitzva in which she excelled and which she exemplified in her brief life: visiting the sick. At the age of thirteen, already, and I don't know how far back it went even before, she was a regular visitor in the Shaarei Zedek children's ward, which was walking distance from her home in Bayit Vegan. This is how she met my son, hospitalized for a month for burns from a Lag B'Omer bonfire when kerosene had spilled on him.

She visited daily and did her utmost to cheer him and all the others on the ward with her genial, outgoing personality and cheery, breezy optimism. A breath of fresh air. A caring person whose every visit removed another sixtieth of the patients' suffering.

Another facet of her personality was a staunch determination coupled with a fiery love for Torah. At the shiva, her mother related that as a private kindergarten teacher, Sora Gita had realized immediately that there was a flaw in the accepted practice of releasing children on Rosh Chodesh at twelve. Everyone did it, but it usually meant that husbands would have to leave kollel early since their wives were not released from work at twelve. She would not stand for that! And so she immediately increased the Rosh Chodesh schedule to the regular one o'clock.

And do you know what? Now, in Kiryat Sefer, all kindergartens study till one on Rosh Chodesh, all because of her Torah- loving precedence.

I don't presume to do justice to a unique person whose sparkle I saw only briefly. After all, who can confine, define, delineate the marvel of a diamond? Only its Creator. Fortunate are we who came in contact with its unique beauty. It can now shine beneath the sapphire of the Heavenly Throne.

May her memory be blessed.


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