At the Seder we all said “Lifichach anachnu chayavim.” Pesach is a Yom Tov of Hakaras Hatov.
I would like to take these few lines to express our deepest appreciation to the devoted members of Hatzolah – really unsung heroes! My esteemed mother-in-law fell down a flight of steps in our apartment on Erev Pessach – the response time, the caring, the unbelievable sensitivity is something that I can not begin to describe. You would think that these people are not making Yom Tov! They gave of themselves 150%. Baruch Hashem, miraculously, she wasn’t badly hurt, just shaken up and bruised. I joined them in the ambulance and watched how professionally they admitted her to the Maimonides trauma center, and I was extremely impressed with the doctors and nurses in that division of Maimonides. They all jumped to see what they could do for her, kept us informed, displayed sensitivity to the fact that it was Yom Tov, and really treated all of us very well.
As my mother-in-law stabilized, another patient was wheeled into the trauma center. A 17 year old, who had been stabbed numerous times – obviously this generated a very concentrated response on behalf of the trauma team, yet they left my mother-in-law very cared for, not losing sight that each patient is important. As impressed as I was with the Maimonides staff, it was heart warming for me to see, that the Hatzolah members who were standing there, offered and got involved in the other patients trauma, offering help and assistance in anyway possible, without inquiring re community or religious affiliation – a life is a life!
So here we are Pesach evening, nothing to eat, nothing to drink, and wondering what will be with the Seder? Then, some Malachim walk in carrying grape juice, matzah, fully prepared seder plates, with everything down to the salt water, and full meals. The volunteers from Yad Efraim – I am sure they all had families waiting at home, but first they came to the hospital and made sure that every person that needed anything for the Seder was taken care of. Unbelievable!
Hashem Yisborach should bless them, reward these volunteers and their families with much gezunt and nachas! Thank You Hatzaloh, Thank You Maimonides Hospital, and Thank You Yad Efraim!