From Rabbi Mendy And Tzippy Weiss, Directors of Chabad Miami Lakes, Florida:
Dear Crown Heights residents and heads of COLlive.com,
Many people kvetch and complain about different things that go on in Crown Heights (shluchim included).
However I would like to share an act of pure, unconditional Ahavas Yisroel that just occurred.
My husband and I are so touched by this, we thought it was necessary to let everyone know and shep Nachas, that within Crown Heights still lies the “emesdike chassidim,” and there are not just a few – there are countless and they all deserve credit.
We recently booked tickets to go to Crown Heights for Chol Hamoed Sukkos with our family. I thought it would be an easy task to find a place, just for the nights, not even for Yom Tov.
I couldn’t find a rental just for that time. Most of our friends are hosting family and or/other friends, and our siblings do not live there as they are on shlichus or business elsewhere. Both our parents live in other places.
Thanks to COLlive.com and their effective rental listings in the Classifieds, I began the trek of emails and negotiations to rent someone’s apartment for three days.
But who wants to lend or rent their apartment to total strangers for 3 days?
After sending an email to a random COLlive “ad poster”, I got a response that moved me to tears… Such Ahavas Yisroel, you just don’t see anywhere – but it is alive and well in Crown Heights.
Names below have been erased so as not to embarrass anyone. Here is the response to my email:
Dear Rabbi Weiss,
Since it appears you are Shluchim, you will give us an opportunity to help you guys out. You will be able to stay free of charge. Make yourselves feel at home! My number is 718——— and wife’s number is 917——– (her name is ——).
When you arrive you will just need to find out where we are leaving the key, perhaps you have a relative we can leave it by?
How many kids do you have?
We have the master bedroom plus one room that has a crib and high riser. The third bedroom is an office (with a skylight that can be closed up with a garbage bag) and it has a pullout couch that sleeps one. We only have two blankets for the high riser and one other thin blanket. Please let us know how many beds to set up.