A Narrow Bridge

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SHE WAS KNOWN as "Chedva of Shmiras Ha-lashon," and in a remarkably short time her name became a household word.

 

Kollel wife, mother and teacher, Chedva juggled her multiple duties with finesse, and she might have continued along this path, if not for a sudden and traumatic event which changed her life irrevocably.

 

In what would have been the prime of her life, Chedva Zilberfarb entered a life-and-death struggle against a grim medical prognosis which determined that she had only a few days to live.

 

She felt as though she were perched on a narrow, fragile bridge that spanned a deep ravine, and a raging storm was threatening to hurl her into the abyss. Blessed with an indomitable will and a love for life, Chedva embarked on a spiritual quest for salvation, an elixir that would protect and sustain her and forestall the Angel of Death.

 

Defying medical theories, Chedva mustered the strength to address huge crowds, electrifying her listeners as she cried out, "I want to live, and I am begging you to help me! There is only one remedy which can grant life, and it is in your heart and in your mouth. You can perform great wonders with your mouth, my sisters. Every moment that you guard your tongue, you send me a moment of life �and I want to live!" Chedva's heartfelt plea transcended all barriers. Her listeners rallied to her appeal, determined to refine their speech, to remove from it all traces of lashon hara and rechilus; in the process, they gained a two-year reprieve for a dying woman, and a new lease on life for themselves.

 

Chedva's struggle for survival cannot be evaluated by conventional standards. She cherished life, seeking to prolong it minute by painful minute, and her death..





Kollel wife, mother and teacher, Chedva juggled her multiple duties with finesse, and she might have continued along this path, if not for a sudden and traumatic event which changed her life irrevocably.


Author:D. dubinki, Feldheim, 1992
Publication Status:Hard to find!
Type:Softcover
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