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Our neighbors surprising letter

Friday, 6 August, 2010 - 6:48 pm

Dear Friends,


Thank you for your nice feedbacks on last weeks email about the difference between Switzerland and Israel.

Here is a story which happened to me this week, which makes me appreciate Switzerland, not only because of its landscapes or mostly pleasant weather.

Thank G-d, since we live in Luzern, we have almost never been alone for Friday evening Shabbat dinner. It is always very enjoyable to meet with old and also new friends on Friday evenings. We met many of our friends for the first time at such a Shabbat dinner.

During dinner we, of course, make Kiddush together, enjoy a traditional meal, and then we sing joyful Jewish songs. Sometimes the singing can get a bit loud, and we immediately remind ourselves, that it might bother the neighbors at the late hour, and lower our voices. The truth is, that we never heard any complaints about noise, but we always had this feeling that maybe it does bother someone.


A couple of weeks after we moved to our new apartment (4 years ago), we find a letter in our mailbox from one of our old neighbors with warm wishes for our new place. At the end there was a postscript in small letters: "...Mr. and Mrs. Drukman, we would like to point out that we, as well as some other neighbors, miss your beautiful singing on Friday evenings. It always added so much positive light to the building..."

This week I met this neighbor and she reminded me of this again, which of course was very nice to hear.


I'm looking forward to another wonderful Shabbat evening tonight,

I'm sure you are too!


Rivky and the children join me in wishing you a peaceful Shabbat,





Rabbi Chaim

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