From the COLlive Inbox:
I wanted to share with you an article from this week’s HaModia. The woman who inspired my kidney donation was the one featured in your article: “Chabad Mother Donates Kidney.” I want to thank her for the initial inspiration. Just like her story inspired my donation, I am prayerful and hopeful my story can do so for someone else, please Hashem! May it be a kidney chain of mitzva goreres mitzva.
The week before the surgery I went to daven at the Ohel with my friend, Rabbi DovBer Engel, son of my shliach Rabbi Yisroel Engel of Denver, to ask for the Lubavitcher’s Rebbe’s blessing that the upcoming transplant should be successful.
The day before the surgery I had an appointment to meet with my surgeon, Dr. Daniel Herron. My friend Reb Yosef Yellin drove me to the hospital.
A few minutes prior to arriving Reb Yosef gave me an envelope. Inside was a crisp dollar bill from the Rebbe’s holy hand, dated 15 Menachem-Av 5749, that he had received from Reb Michoel Atlan, to be given to me. I was a small child of four years old when this dollar was originally given by the Rebbe. It was explained that the dollar was always meant for me, finally in its rightful home; they’d only been holding onto it in the meantime.
I realized I could say the same thing about my left kidney, now in the body of my recipient, a sweet holy Yid, finally in its rightful home; I, too, had only been holding onto it in the meantime.
I’d davened at the Ohel, and a week later the Rebbe had found a way to give me a dollar, exactly one day prior to the surgery, wishing me: “BROCHA V’HATZLACHA.”
The tzadik always finds a way!
A gutten chodesh Iyar. As we know, Iyar is an acronym for Ani Hashem Rofecha. May all the cholim indeed be healed speedily and completely! Moshiach Now!
-Feivel Yosef Leventhal, 27