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A testimony from a persistent successful proselyte from a Dutch Provincial Town

One and All Adar II 2, 5771 • March 8, 2011

It is now 4 years ago that I met Rabbi Ahron Daum and asked him if I could become a Jewish woman. I wanted to go every step of the way, on the way HaShem was guiding me, in purity and honesty.
Rabbi Ahron Daum was willing to give me a hand on my way. Every week I travel two and a half hours forth and back to Antwerp to be in his presence, to learn Jiddiskeit, the Halacha and many more. He learned me to read and write Ivriet (Hebrew language) so I could read the Siddoer (prayer book) and understand it… From time to time there are roadblocks on my way and sometimes as big as mountains, but Rabbi Ahron Daum is always there to lead me around them or go over them. I am grateful that Rabbi Ahron Daum is taking time to walk with me step by step. I know that I am not going this way for myself alone and that it is a hard way to go, but it is so worth it. It is beyond words!!

Maybe I can say it better with the words of the Parshah of Pekudei:
The Sanctuary, this beautiful prototype of the Temple, a dwelling place for HaShem, took a lot of time and effort to built. The leading artist, craftsman and architect was Betzalel, but everyone else helped. The Torah mentions the men and the women; the Sages add that also the children took part. Each person felt that through the fact the he or she was taking part in the construction of the Sanctuary, whatever his or her individual contribution, the entire structure was built. It is true that without all the other hundreds of thousands of people also taking part, the Sanctuary could not have been completed.

The Sages tell us that at the end of the work Moses gave a blessing: "May G-d grant that His Divine Presence will dwell in the work of your hands." The Sanctuary is called "the work of your hands," applying to the entire nation collectively and also to each person individually. How does an individual feel this sense of achievement not just in the tiny part he or she actually created, but in the whole?
The Lubavitcher Rebbe suggests: When one's participation is to the maximum of one's ability to fulfill the Divine expectation. You do your utmost, however much or little that is, then you can justly feel that the entire sacred structure is the product of your efforts. This idea about the role of the individual applies not only in the building of the Sanctuary thousands of years ago, but in all our collective endeavors today. There are great tasks which face us. Not only do we need acting together, to bring ourselves and the world into the next stage of history.
This is a task which involves all of us. Yet following the logic applied to the Sanctuary, if each of us gives our "all," we can each feel that the total task is our particular, individual achievement. It is in our hands!
When? “…whenever…”
“When will you undergo your Gioer?“ How often have I heard people respond in this way. When HaShem let me know that my time is there. It is as the beginning of Elul, the month before Rosch haShannah, when the preparations for the new year start.
”…blowing Shofar…”

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