This previous September eleventh, on “Shabbat Shuva,” a day when Jews all through the world are targeted on repentance, my mother-in-law, Mrs. Gloria Epstein (Gittel Dina Bas Abba Tzvi, z”l) left us and her soul was returned to its Maker. There are merely no phrases to explain the loss that we really feel.
Mother left behind an excellent legacy. Married to her husband, Mr. Martin Epstein, my pricey father-in-law, for 59 1/2 years, they traveled via the journey of life collectively, hand-in-hand. Quickly after their marriage, they rapidly blossomed right into a household with youngsters. My mother-in-law was a real Eishes-Chayil—a lady of valor.
Right here’s how:
Her kindness and love for all fellow Jews and other people was unparalleled.
Again within the Eighties, Mother would write letters of help to Jews within the Soviet Union. The objective of those letters was solely to inquire of the welfare of those Jews, thereby transmitting emotions of care and like to whomever had the privilege to obtain them. And why did Mother make investments her effort and time on this pursuit—as a result of my mother-in-law was one who had a honest love for her fellow Jew, with out exception, even to individuals whom she had by no means met face-to-face.
Moreover, Mother would ship provisions for Passover to inmates who had been incarcerated.
Afterward, throughout the Gulf Conflict, Mother acquired her fingers on the addresses of a number of Jewish troopers combating for the American military. She would write to them throughout the warfare, and most notably, Mother stored up with a number of of the troopers even after the warfare.
She was “a pillar of the neighborhood,” remarked Rabbi Goldberg, rabbi of Younger Israel of Fort Lee, throughout his eulogy on the funeral.
She was community-minded and cherished her synagogue, serving on varied committees to contribute her half. The synagogue was a major focus in her life. She drastically loved attending synagogue every week on Shabbat.
Her major focus, nevertheless, was her family members. She was a real mannequin of a spouse, mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She devoted herself to every member of the household to help in any manner and to make them really feel particular. She aimed to attend each occasion from a Siddur get together to a commencement and every thing in-between. Mother was all the time there for her household.
Erev Shabbat—an insider’s view as her daughter-in-law.
I witnessed Mother’s cellphone ringing nonstop on Friday afternoon. A number of mates, youngsters, and grandchildren would name every week to want her a “Good Shabbos.” She valued every dialog and really gave everybody private consideration and care, with endurance and love.
Lighting Shabbat Candles Collectively With Mother
Mother would stand by the candles, closing her eyes after she recited the blessing over the candles, and would supply heartfelt prayers for her youngsters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She would share with them that she was Davening for them.
She leaves behind an indelible impression upon our household and all who had been privileged to know her.
From Mother, we now have a lot to aspire to comply with in her footsteps…
Please get pleasure from a few of her favourite recipes. Might her Neshama (soul) soar to nice heights and should her reminiscence be for a blessing.
BUBBIE’S SUKKOS SOUP
3 jars borscht
2 cans peeled tomatoes
3 lb. flanken
2 lb. beef bones
3 onions, peeled
4 carrots, peeled & sliced
1/2 to 1 cup brown sugar
Bitter salt to style
Place all components right into a 12-16 qt. pot. Boil on excessive for about an hour after which simmer on low for a number of hours following. When soup is cool, chill in fridge. The next day take away high layer of fats and reheat on a low setting.
5 lb. minute roast, cut up &
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 Tbs. soy sauce
Place roast into a big zipper sealed bag. Add above components and coat meat on all sides with the marinade. Marinate meat for a number of hours in fridge. Take away meat from zipper-sealed bag and place on heated out of doors grill. Grill for 10 to fifteen minutes relying on thickness of meat. Slice diagonally.
2 cups shredded carrots
1/2 cup oil
2 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
In a big bowl, combine collectively moist components. Add dry components, mixing collectively effectively. Place combination into muffin tins. Mother all the time jogged my memory to coat the pan with the oil spray. Place in heart of preheated oven at 350°F and bake for 10- 12 minutes.
Word: For Passover model, I omit the flour and add one cup matza meal and one cup potato starch.
Yields 24 muffins.
4-6 cucumbers, peeled
& thinly sliced 1 onion, peeled & thinly sliced
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup vinegar
1 Tbs. salt
Place the entire above components into a big container. Combine collectively effectively and chill in fridge. Marinate for at least in the future. Serves 4-6.