Thursday, October 19, 2006

Guest Posting From My Wife - A Present from "Em"

Our 2 year-old son goes to a Chabad nursery school. In learning about Simchas Torah and the other holidays, he picked up word Hashem and has his own word, "Em" that he uses to refer to Hashem. He often lies in his bed at night pointing all around saying, "Em."

We attended a Simchas Torah celebration at our shul last Saturday night. Our son was so excited to see the Torahs and dance with all the men in the shul. As a gift for the children in attendence, a family donated adorable plush Torahs for each child to take home.

With his new Torah in hand, he danced and played most of the night. When we brought him home, he stayed up in his bed until midnight playing with his new Torah.

The next morning, I awoke to hear him calling, "Mommy!, Mommy!." I got out of bed to see what was wrong. He was standing at his doorway saying, "Em." He was upset because he could not find the Torah that "Em" gave him. I found the little Torah trapped in the bedsheets. I gave it to him. He smiled ear to ear and laid back down in bed. He clutched the little Torah tightly and went back to sleep.

Since then, he is carrying the Torah everywhere. His treasured stuffed Barney toy is taking a backseat to his new prize possession, his gift from "Em."


The Torah from "Em"

8 Comments:

At October 19, 2006 at 7:57:00 AM EDT, Blogger yitz said...

Nice post, Mrs. ASJ. It just struck me, tho, seeing the word, "Em" and as someone who's been in Israel a few decades, that to me it looked like "mom" [as in Kibud Av v'Em]. Which goes very well with the verse in Mishlei: "al titosh Toras Imecha - do not forsake your mother's Torah." We learn so much from our mothers, and I'm sure you too are teaching your children well...

 
At October 19, 2006 at 9:51:00 AM EDT, Anonymous chabakuk elisha said...

The word "EM" is also yiddish for "Him" - a term that can refer to HKB"H... the "Him" with a capital H.
:-)
A sach nachas!

 
At October 19, 2006 at 2:33:00 PM EDT, Blogger Bob Miller said...

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At October 19, 2006 at 2:45:00 PM EDT, Blogger Bob Miller said...

We first saw these stuffed toys when we lived in Allentown PA in the mid-80's. One day my wife was alerted through the local JCC that a family's station wagon had broken down on US Route 22, and the family needed lodgings over Shabbos and until their vehicle was fixed. They turned out to be Peretz Blasberg and his family, from Crown Heights. The chicken we had in our house was David Elliot brand (supplied through the local kosher meat co-op), which turned out to be a very good thing, since the Blasbergs, as Lubavitchers, could eat that brand.

What they were carrying with them were stuffed Torahs, etc., which they had designed and manufactured. They were traveling along the Eastern seaboard to show their wares to potential customers. Before they left in their repaired station wagon, they gave us a stuffed toy Torah and mezuzah for the kids. I think we still have them around somewhere.

They later moved to Israel, and I think we saw Peretz again a few years ago at a Israeli Judaica sales expo in Indy.

 
At October 19, 2006 at 3:23:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Neshama said...

Mrs ASJ:
That is just so touching. And Lil' Tzadik's Torah is beautiful.

While traveling inside your words, on the emotions of your son (which are priceless and a Kiddush HaShem), I envisioned all of Klal Yisroel doing/feeling the same when Moshiach brings us to Yerushalayim and HK"BH brings us into HIS Third Beis HaMikdash to be with HIM forever.

 
At October 20, 2006 at 12:21:00 AM EDT, Blogger Neil Harris said...

Mrs. ASJ,
Great posting. May you son (and the other kids) have that love and relationship with HKBH for years to come.
Those soft Torahs do rock!!

 
At October 21, 2006 at 4:40:00 AM EDT, Blogger Baleboosteh said...

How cute! And what a great idea from the family that donated them! :D

 
At August 9, 2007 at 1:40:00 PM EDT, Anonymous kobi said...

it says in tehilim 94:19 when my forebodings were abundant within me, your comforts cheered my soul"... the word "em-unah" for faith, has the same root as the word "to nurse" and of course, is related to ima, mother.
we still live in a world where the feminine aspect, the shechina, is not as well known/acknowledged...
but it could be masculine/feminine or the true transcendent unity that conveys such comfort. thank Goodness for it! it would make a nice story of a rav who goes to sleep with one also.

 

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