There are so many people whose lives she touched.
So there is the sadness that people feel, but something that I was thinking about today, in what I feel, is Hashem's chesed. Hashem is so kind to us.
In reflecting back, the day finally came, the day my wife and I waited so long for, that she came to give birth, and when she gave birth to twins, it was a tremendous simcha, a tremendous joy. I was told by a friend of mine, that the whole Yeshivas Mir was jumping up and down, and I was told the same thing from another friend about Torah Ohr. It brought simcha to so many people! And, then, we were tested, tried, and challenged with Rivka Chaya's sickness of chylothorax, and sadly with her petirah, her passing. But the amount of people that she touched, caused to touch us.
I heard from someone whose child was constantly in and out of the hospital that the explanation he was given by a great posek to be passed on to his own children about why his son is constantly in and out of the hospital was that his son's purpose was to be a catalyst for chesed, kindness.
That's something that I saw in my life that my parents tell me about, that, after I broke my neck, I was in the hospital and people just wanted to give, people just wanted to do and help in any way possible. This was Rivka Chaya. She was also a catalyst for chesed. She made people want to give.
When I was in the hospital, my father send out a recommendation that people should take on mitzvos to be a zechus, merit, for my recovery. I heart such stories about Rivka Chaya, that people improved the quality of the mitzvos they were already doing, and certain people took on new mitzvos. She was a catalyst for chesed.
"Katonti mikol hachasadim..."
I am humbled from seeing Hashem's kindness. Hashem brought so much kindness into the world through Rivka Chaya. But it wasn't just about Rivka Chaya.
What's interesting to note is that as soon as it was apparent we were to be staying in the hospital, people arranged meals. Baruch Hashem the meals came, and came, and they are still coming. We feel so taken care of. The emotion I cannot let go of is ashreinu mah tov chelkeinu, how fortunate are we, that this is our lot, how fortunate are we that we are members of the Jewish people, taking care of each other of in the most magnificent of ways.
I was waiting in line for a bus recently, and an Oriental man came up to me and said: "You! You're lucky!"
"Oh," I said, "and why's what?"
"Because you're from the Chosen People."
"You're right," I replied, "I am lucky."
Just feeling the Ribbono Shel Oilam's chessed along the way! We were given a room when we stayed at St. Joseph's hospital for close to three weeks. Something which is quite rare is that we were also given a room for the time being at Children's Hospital. I feel the presence of the Ribbono Shel Oilam. That message that says, I didn't forget about you! I am taking care of you! Your family is constantly around you! Your friends! Your acquaintances! How far do the Jewish people reach! How many tehillim lists have my daughters been on!
It's quite a zechus.
Ashreinu mah tov chelkeinu!
How fortunate are we to be members of the Jewish people.
Mi k'amcha Yisroel!
Who is like your nation Israel.
The Jewish people are wonderful, and it is wonderful to be part of the Jewish people.