I saw a discussion on Facebook about the concept of coincidence...there are those who say there are no coincidences in life; that all is of a plan. So here's one of those amazing things that happen in stages and when you put them together...you just smile.
I am always amazed by stories of our youth - who are so dedicated to helping others. Davidi has been volunteering regularly for the local ambulance squad here in Maale Adumim - and has taken some shifts in Jerusalem as well. Elie and Lauren sign on together for shifts that run through the night. Early this morning, Elie and I drove in to Jerusalem together. He told me Lauren had taken a call at 6:00. As they realized that they may not be back in time for Elie to go to college for his courses, he stayed behind.
A few days ago, I read a story about a young man who was celebrating his upcoming marriage later this week. He was in the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem on Shabbat, receiving the honors that come to a groom the week before his wedding. He had just finished and returned to his seat when his MIRS went off, telling him that his skills as a medic were required.
Without hesitation, he went running outside and found that an elderly man had been hit by a car. The young man, named Aryeh, began treating the man as others came running and an ambulance was called.
A few days ago, Lauren and Elie told me that they are going to a wedding tomorrow night. It's a strange kind of thing - the wedding is taking place in one place; the reception in another. They'll have to jump on a bus, a train, or a cab to get to the second place.
A few minutes ago, we were talking about running off to war in the midst of something; and I remembered the story of the young man. I told Elie about the young man running off to help...and then we started putting the pieces together. Elie was sure it was the same young man - a friend of Lauren's - the groom of the wedding that Elie and Lauren will be attending tomorrow night. I looked up the story and asked Elie the name of the groom - Aryeh...
Here's the wonderful story: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/161177#.UIggMcXMij8
And the sweet part - Aryeh promised his bride that tomorrow afternoon by 3:00 p.m. - he will do something he probably never does - not even on the Shabbat before his wedding in the middle of celebrations - he will close his MIRS so that their wedding will no be interrupted.
Mazel tov to Aryeh and his bride, to their families - and to all of Israel, that we are so blessed to have the children we have - the Aryehs, the Elies, the Laurens...