Helping Special People Part the Sea

I have a wonderful friend named Alisa, whom everyone loves. Alisa looks for people who need assistance and goes out of her way to help them. You don't move very fast when you walk down the street with her on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, since everyone stops her and tells her their problems. She helps each person feel that they are a precious jewel. I can't even begin to tell you the difference she has made in my life and for countless others.

But Alisa had one particular need of her own: she was looking for her beshert (destined one). I told Alisa that she should meet a matchmaker I had heard of, Devora Alouf, and maybe, just maybe, she could help her to find the person she was destined to marry.

Alisa, to say it mildly, was resistant. I rarely use the art of persuasion, but when I do, it usually makes a difference. I guess I gave alias a guilt trip, because she agreed to meet with the matchmaker. Shortly thereafter, Devora Alouf found Alisa her husband, Ronnie, from Memphis Tennessee. They eloped and got married this summer. Ronnie will be moving from his hometown that he shares with the ghost of Elvis to the hustle and bustle of New York City.

They say that meeting your soul mate is as difficult as parting the Red Sea. So imagine how difficult it is for people who are disabled. However, before I ask you for your help, I need to share a story I heard from Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis at one of her weekly Torah classes.

In a hospital in Israel, Rebbetzin Junreis once met a soldier who had been badly burned in combat. She gave him a medallion from Hineni, the Rebbetzin's outreach organization. The Rebbetzin told the soldier, "I want you to give this medallion to your wife when you meet her." The wounded soldier, who was single, looked at Rebbetzin Jungreis and said, "Who's going to marry me? I'm disfigured, burned, and a horror to look at. So please leave, Rebbetzin, and take your stupid medallion with you!" Rebbetzin Jungreis left the medallion in the hospital room, despite the injured soldier's request.

During another trip the Rebbetzin made to Israel about a year later, a man in a wheelchair approached her and said, "Remember me?" The Rebbetzin said yes, although he did not look familiar since he meets so many people. He said. "Rebbetzin. I want to introduce you to my beautiful wife!" His wife was wearing the Hineni medallion! The Rebbetzin realized that this was the burned soldier from the hospital. Apparently, his nurse at the hospital fell in love with him.

So, why do I share these stories with you? Well, Devora started an organization that focuses on making matches for people maimed from terrorist attacks, mentally and physically disabled individuals, and people with special needs. Do you know of anyone who falls into this category and is single? If you answered yes, we ask you to be a partner with us in splitting the Red Sea.

Save 1 Matchmaker, Save The World. Devora needs people to become aware of her organization, and to let disabled people know about her organization so that she can assist the in finding their soul mates. This service is absolutely free for the singles.

If you'd like to learn more about Devora's organization, please go to the web site www.jswsn.org or contact Devora directly at 212-613-6236 to help a challenged, single person in their search for a soul mate.

Get up, stand up, save a life, the next step is yours!

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