(Carl is a cyberfriend who I had the priveledge to host in my house this past summer. He runs a Jewish Humor List.-L)

Dear Leah,

I was made aware of Yossi and his plight by my friend, Carl Sherer, who lives in Israel. I have just spent the past hour or so reading thru the pages about Yossi's situation on your website. Needless to say, I am typing this through my tears. As a mother of 3, I would not have the chutzpah to even dare think or relate to what you must be going through. I know that I feel anguish and helpless as I read the diary entries. I printed out the suggested tehillim and will begin saying them as soon as I finish writing to you. I will ask my husband to bring them to the attention of our rabbi for this Shabbos (Shushan Purim) and for as long as it takes for miracle to happen.

My daughter, Hadassah, is in Israel studying Shana Bet at Sharfman's, and she recently applied and was interviewed to be a counselor at Camp Simcha. She is hoping to be accepted. I will tell her of the good times that Yossi had there over the summer. I know we are down to the prayer stage and that there is nothing more tangible to do at this point. I have been in a similar situation with a dear friend who underwent stem cell transplants, etc., and knowing that tehillim groups were meeting gave her and her family much chizuk.

I know we don't know each other at all, (I don't even know where you live), but if you think there's anything else or more I can do, don't hesitate to ask. Or just write if you feel like it. I'm sure you have a strong circle of family and friends for support, and I would be honored to be added to that group. May Hashem hear you and answer "YesMan" for the "Yossman".


Irene Victor

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