I thought you might want to
tell Harvey what the letter from Nancy’s biking friend
meant to me.
This young woman, Nancy, is
someone I feel I know a little bit from her friend’s letter.
I marvel at someone who could combine two worlds and two sets
of values with such apparent
ease and joy. It could not have been easy for her to choose to
live so thoroughly in the “modern” world, where she
could revel in the host of choices available to her and to find
a way to infuse that life with her religious background and her
love of Judaism. So many Jews are more in love with Jewishness
than with Judaism. And I would have to include myself in that
category. But Nancy seemed to have loved G-d and the faith of
her family and forebears and to have loved being able to share
it with her friends. I think G-d must have smiled on her, enjoying
the way she lived as a Jew in the world of Mammon. If we have
been instructed with joy to celebrate the love of G-d, I had
this image of Nancy biking with joy and I’ll bet she danced
with joy too. I hope that her family can find peace in their
memories of such a vibrant daughter.
Thank you for providing me
with this glimpse of the life of such a vibrant woman.