had no “master,” as mentioned in the Parsha, but
she did have a challenging environment. She knew, however,
that she was G-d’s servant, and behaved accordingly.
Whether it was faithfully keeping Shabbos, or cooking her own
food in remote locales, or acting with such honesty and integrity
that everybody around her was amazed, she became—and
remains—an unforgettable person. She never lost that
closeness with G-d.
The second interesting point about
Nancy is her unique personality. I have come up with a short
list to demonstrate two seemingly
contrasting sides to her personality. All of the expressions
and descriptions are direct quotes from the many letters her
friends have sent.
|Nancy the Achiever
Competes even against friends
Jumps up and attacks
Resolve and courage
She is all business
Physical and mental toughness
|Nancy the Friend
Offers emotional support
Easy to talk to
Easy to be around
Makes sacrifices for friends
Conducts herself with
class and a smile
An honest friend—
Wins the admiration
of even new friends
A friend for life.
In reality, all these traits stem
from a single root—To do one’s
utmost in every situation. When it came to business, activities, sports, etc.,
Nancy strove for perfection. When it came to bein adam l’chaveiro, she
strove for the same perfection: She did what was best for the other person.
And in the area of bein adam la’Makom, the perfection lay in realizing
that she was a part of G-d’s nation under all circumstances, ever committed
to keeping his Torah and remaining close to Him.
If we emulate Nancy’s ways,
seeing her as a role model for all of the virtues listed above,
then losing her will not have been in vain. In her zechus,
we merit the ultimate perfection of the geulah sheleimah, the complete redemption,
speedily in our days.