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2017-02-12 20:53:02 (GMT -5s)

Name: Mrs Chana Rivka Greenfeld ( from NYC )


We received the following e-mail recently

Dear Mr. And Mrs. Morgenstern,

I just came across the book about your amazing daughter Nancy A"H. Like most people I'm sure, I still clearly remember where I was standing and what I was doing when I got that fateful phone call from a friend telling me that a plane crashed into the Twin Towers. I just can't believe I hadn't known of Nancy till now. Though I am a Chassidish, I count amongs my friends woman from across the board, and reading about Nancy make me feel truly disappointed that I never had the Z'chus to meet her. I find myself thinking of her often.

I will be giving the book to a Jewish inmate that I visit. This woman, who unfortunately is serving a long sentence, discovered Hashem and Torah during her incarceration. Amazingly, she is now keeping Shabbos and Kashrus. She is though very afraid of the "Orthodox" label. I am sure reading about Nancys life will give her much Chizuk and help her move on.

Just wanted you to know that Nancy never stopped making ripples. May Hashem be with you and may you find true Nechama.


Mrs Chana Rivka Greenfeld


2016-12-11 18:17:09 (GMT -5s)

Name: Dinie Rapoport ( from Mequon, WI )


Dear Morgenstern Family,

A few months ago I traveled to NY with a group of women from our community in Mequon Wisconsin. The purpose of our trip was to visit the resting place - the Ohel of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and to visit the Jewish sites in Brooklyn.

On Monday, we designated time to visit the 911 Memorial.

Monday was the 23rd day of Elul, the Yahrtzeit of the Jewish victims of 9-11.

As you can imagine the women were very moved and touched by what they experienced there. The space, atmosphere and the waterfalls engraved with the names of thousands of brave men and women is remarkable.

We went to the first memorial, recited Tehillim and reflected and discussed our feelings standing at this location and then we walked over to the 2nd memorial.

As we were standing and reflecting on what happened there and the magnitude of the loss we were approached by someone who said to us, that he was there with his parents and family members and they had just said Kaddish for his dear sister, Nancy.

As you can imagine this took our visit to the next level, it was humbling to meet your family and to hear a first hand account about Nancy. Yaakov then shared with us about Nancy and her passions in life. A few women spent some time visiting with you and were so impressed by your dedication, determination and pride and all that you shared about her.

I personally have been to the 911 Memorial previously, but the powerful meeting with your family touched me in a very profound way, and I know that on my next visit, Nancy will be the first person that I will visit.

Yaakov then gave us a beautiful and very meaningful book about Nancy, it gave us a glimpse into her incredible, adventurous and committed life. It was special to read the reflections from her family and friends. Thank you for sharing this with us.

with much respect,

Dinie Rapoport

Mequon, WI


2014-11-05 21:22:31 (GMT -5s)

Name: anonymous


Your daughter seems like a truly enlighten, grounded, and religiously and spiritually grounded person. I often struggle with Judaism... I am shomer shabbos and keep kosher but in recent years I would consider myself passively Orthodox... not doing what I should not be doing (mostly), but not actively doing what an observant Jew should be doing to build himself. Life is hard and it is tempting to let the stress and the frustration dampen religious zeal. But typically that is an excuse. Life is challenging, but it is also a blessing, and it seems like Nancy had that understanding and that perspective made her a light unto her friends, her community and her colleagues. If I can offer one line of nechama these 13 years later, it is that because of the inspiration of Nancy's life - through your website - I put on tallis and tefillin this morning for the first time in a long time and davened... recommitting myself to the kind of life I want to lead and the kind of Jew I want to be. It is her mitzva, and yours, as much as it is mine.

May Nancy's neshama have an aliyah and may the ripple effect of goodness done in this world because of her life be an endless treasure of pride for your family.

Good Shabbos.


2014-09-24 12:09:40 (GMT -5s)

Name: Zev Steinberg


I never had the pleasure of knowing Nancy. I moved to NYC the summer after 9/11. Last night a friend shared the website you created in her memory.

M****, Thank you for sharing the link to Nancy Morgenstern's website. I got through today OK... 9/11 finally becoming just "another day"... until you connected me to it again through Nancy's story. I have been a ball of tears for the past 30 minutes. And it reminds me that these days can never become ordinary, no matter how far in the distance they are. I moved to NY a year after 9/11 and so while I experienced the national trauma of 9/11 (I was at UMD and we had classmates whose parents were killed in the Pentagon), I did not go through the intensely personal experience of being in a city under siege, or losing a friend in the attacks. I am sorry for your loss. I am sorry for all of ours - because we all lost something that day - and in reading Nancy's website I have come upon some personal resolutions that I have been pushing away for too long. In reading her friend's testimonials (including yours) I am reminded of the type of person I want to be... and by your simple press of the "share" button you have shaken my world... and I am deeply grateful. Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom.


2012-09-13 03:36:15 (GMT -5s)

Name: Gila Weiss ( from Isreal )


Dear Suri and Hanie,

You don't know me, but I used to work with your son-in-law, Avi. Many years ago, when I was going through a rough spell (thyroid cancer and some other minor disasters) Avi gave me a copy of the book about Nancy. I read it, I was inspired... and then I filed it away on my bookshelf.

Last night, I sat down in my living room in the same place I always sit, ready to read a light novel. From across the room, Nancy's book caught my eye. It never does that - in the same way that none of my books do that. They are just there, as they always are, and unless I am looking for a specific book, I don't see it when aimlessly looking around my living room. Since it was September 11, I thought-you know Gila, give a little כבוד, take a pass on the drivel for one night and read a bit of the memorial book. So I did.

I recently set some challenges for myself for the new year. They are going to involve a fair amount of discipline and hard work to achieve. I found the descriptions about how Nancy approached her goals and her life and how she was able to balance the various aspects of her life to be enormously inspiring. I got up from my reading energized. (And at the risk of coming across as cloying and melodramatic, it did strike me as meaningful that the right book popped out at me from across the room, on precisely the right day and at the right time).

I know that there is no real consolation for the loss of your daughter, but I thought I would pass on that, even years later, she is still having an influence. Thanks for sharing your memories of her with the rest of us.

Regards and שנה טובה,



2011-09-12 21:50:39 (GMT -5s)

Name: Jennifer ( from Orlando )


Although ten years has passed since that tragic day I would like to let the family of Nancy Morgenstern know not only have we not forgotten but we still all are deeply saddened by their loss and keep her family in our prayers. She will be missed.


2011-09-12 12:45:25 (GMT -5s)

Name: Jeanne Lafond ( from NYC )


Like every year since 2001 I always think and remember Nancy on that day. I hope the passing of time has helped you in your mourning.

My best to you and your family,
Jeanne Lafond

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