David and Shoshana Zolty
Dec 01, 2015 (queenestheryo AT hotmail DOT com)
To the Machlis Family, Sheyichu
It is difficult to find the words to adequately express our profound sorrow and sympathy on the sad loss of your beloved wife, mother and grandmother Zecher Tzadeket Livracha. We were fortunate to meet the legendary Henny Machlis, the angel of chessed, when we visited our children, who had been your neighbors in Maalot Dafna. We also have enjoyed your occasional visit to Toronto, Rabbi Machlis. On both occasions we were struck with awe when witnessing or hearing of your extraordinary Hachnosat Orchim. We cannot even begin to imagine what the preparation of Shabbos and YomTov meals for so many on a constant basis must have entailed. But Rebbitzen Machlis' reputation goes beyond even her opening her home to any and all on a regular basis. The stories that have been told about her sensitivity to every Jew, her compassionate heart, her wisdom, her patience, her educating of less knowledgeable Jews - demonstrating to them the beauty and warmth of Yiddishkeit, make her and you, Rabbi Machlis - and your wonderful children who are continuing the tradition - true children of our founding father and mother, Avraham and Sarah. We would like to think that upon Rebbitzen Machlis' entrance to Gan Eden, she would have been warmly welcomed by none other than the formative patriarch and matriarch of our nation, who undoubtedly have and continue to derive enormous nachas from Rebitzen Machlis and from her family.
Rabbi Yeruchum Levovitz, zt"l, wrote in a letter of consolation: "Death should be understood only as if one has moved from one city to another. This is the real truth." Your beloved wife, mother and grandmother has not died. She is alive. She has but moved away. As Rabbi Levovitz writes: "To the one who understands things more deeply, on the contrary, the deceased are now even closer to the living than when they were alive. For now there are no separations." The essence of a person is the spiritual, and Rebbitzen Machlis' neshama continues to live and exist. Nevertheless mourners still need to find comfort from the pain of physical separation. Only Hashem, the Master of Comfort, has in His treasure house the healing ingredients for those left behind to mourn. Our hope is that Hashem will open up His treasure house of comfort, and shower you with droplets of nechama to heal your saddened hearts.
May your wife, mother and grandmother A"H, be a melitzah yosher for all of you and for all of Klal Yisrael and may the wonderful memories you have of her serve to sustain you.
"HaMakom Yinachem Etchem BiToch Sha'ar Aveilei Tzion VeYerushalayim, v'lo tosifu lida'ava od."
Yihi Zichra Baruch.
With our heartfelt condolences and sympathy,
David and Shoshana Zolty