Shabbat Shalom

Posted on July 15th, 2011

Responding to all the e-mails

Perhaps the most striking thing about the lives of Orthodox Jews  is the weekly Shabbat — Sabbath. A complicated set of rules and traditions governs every aspect of our lives from the time the sun sets on Friday evening until the appearance of stars on Saturday night.

While it may look like a period of restrictions — no work, driving, telephoning, sending e-mails, Facebooking, etc, the reality is that it is a time of communal celebration. While you could say that the prayer service in the synagogue is the most important part of Shabbat, I would argue that the festive meals we have with friends and family is just as central, if not more.

We have always enjoyed special Shabbatot (Sabbaths.)  And in a few hours, we will once again begin this weekly ritual that the Jewish people have maintained for as long as there has been a Jewish people. We will see good friends and relish in each other’s company. We will take a break from work, school, and maybe even a break from cancer. I want to think about roasted chicken now, not chemotherapy.

The real war begins on Monday. We are finally going to be fully engaged fighting the cancer that has sent our lives into chaos. It is almost a sense of relief that we can start firing back and killing some cancer.  It’s really hard being so pissed off at something that you can’t do anything about. So now we can begin to kick cancer in the ass.

Stella will start chemo on Monday and together we will deal with any of the side effects that accompany the “good” poison of chemo that is used to fight the “bad” poison of cancer. We are nervously prepared as any soldier getting ready to leap into enemy territory and do what needs to be done.

It will most be likely be a difficult and scary week.

And I am not sure how great we will be feeling next Shabbat.

But I’m not going to worry about next Shabbat now. We have this Shabbat to look forward to now.

So with that in mind, we wish all our friends, from Canada to Australia and everywhere in between, the traditional wishes for this holy day.

May everyone have a Shabbat Shalom, a Sabbath of Peace.

Yarden and Stella

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  1. Paul Goldstein says:

    And good wishes for a Beautiful Shabbos to all the Frankls from us.
    Jeri & Paul

  2. Sarah says:

    Good Shabbos to you, too. We’ll be thinking of you!

  3. Larry Shor says:

    Best wishes for a restful and peaceful Shabbos. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Carla says:

    A beautiful peaceful Shabbat.

  5. Bill Landau says:

    As the Jewish people keep Shabbat, so Shabbat keeps the Jewish people. Shabbat Shalom to all y’all, and may all the mishaberachs coming Stella’s way this Shabbat help for the week ahead.

  6. Annick Abrams says:

    Yummy roasted chicken – good idea! For dessert, I have some leftover chocolate ganache, but not enough for another torte, so I think I’ll have to squirt it all in my mouth (with cold milk of course)

    A loving and fun shabbat for you all!

  7. Maryanna says:

    Wishing you all a good shabbos!

  8. Moishe Lewack says:

    Good Shabbos! Yarden and Tzuriya Kochevet, may you both be able to relax this Shabbos. Pam and I wish you and your mishpocha, a restored gesundt and a sach nachas as Tzuriya Kochevet begins chemotherapy.

    Love Moishe & Pam Lewack
    Frederick, MD

  9. golda steinman says:

    Shabbat shalom. I am imagining you enjoying shabbat in the beauty of neve daniel. Love to all.

  10. Debbie and David kaler says:

    wishing you and your family and happy , restful and peaceful shabbos. you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you, the Kaler family

  11. Adina says:

    Have a great Shabbos, Coach. I wish a refuah Shelaima to Stella, and my thoughts are with your family. Kol Tuv.

  12. Josh says:

    Amen Cousin!

  13. John Levin says:

    Shavua Tov to our dear Frankl family. May we all rejoice together for the tikun of our beloved Stella and all of Am Yisrael.

  14. Tammy Berman says:

    Shalom,
    Jordan, thank you as always for your beautiful writing and updates.
    Stella, thank you for being the gracious role model that you are. I just came back for a tour of Poland and saw how we Jews fought then, and I will daven for your strength for your fight now. I feel so confident that you will win. We all do.
    Behaztlacha,
    Tammy

  15. Sharon Baratt says:

    Shavua Tov! We sincerely hope that you all had a restful and meaningful Shabbos. Our love, tefilla, tehillim, and hopeful wishes to all of you – especially our dearest Stella! As Sylvia Ely used to say, “Upward and onward!”