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By Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
“Be a blessing, my child, be a blessing.” They were words whispered from a father to his child as she confronted the horrors of the Holocaust. That child would grow up to be the world’s beloved Rebbetzin, Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis.
Be a Blessing shows us how she chose to “be a blessing” in the darkest of times and most horrific of places. In Bergen-Belsen. In a Swiss boarding school, as a penniless refugee, separated from her family. In a hospital bed in San Diego.
Written as she recovered from a difficult and painful accident, Be A Blessing sings out with faith, hope, even in times of despair.
In these pages we will hear Rebbetzin Jungreis speaking in Madison Square Garden, in a U.S. Airforce base, in a hospital room where she lies in terrible pain. We will hear her speaking to individuals looking for help or comfort. We will hear her speaking to herself, a young Holocaust survivor. And, most importantly, we will hear her speaking to each one of us, our concerns, our hopes and fears and questions.
From the Rebbetzin we will gain tips for a better marriage and for being better parents. We will learn how to find the mission our Creator has chosen for each individual, and how to make room for Hashem in our hearts. And we will discover how to take our personal mission, use it to “be a blessing” and convert darkness to rays of light.
In Jewish tradition, before parents journey to the next world, they bless their children. In this, the Rebbetzin’s final book before her passing, she has blessed all of us – because she felt all of G-d’s people were her children –with the greatest blessing of all: To be a blessing.