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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


2011-09-11 15:59:47 (GMT -5s)

Name: Aviva (Naierman) Wernick ( from Hollywood, Florida )


Dear Suri and Hanie,

My thoughts are with you on this 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. Nancy had such spirit and enthusiasm, and as everyone who knew her remembers, she always had a big beautiful smile. A smile that reached her eyes. Nancy and I were closest in high school and college, and looking back, she was so independent and had such confidence for her age. She was always up for the next big adventure. I recently found some video footage of her from 1991 - I will make a copy and mail to you.

You should be proud of raising such a special daughter and all that you have done over the last 10 years to honor her life.

Much love,
Aviva Wernick


2011-09-11 11:15:57 (GMT -5s)

Name: Lori and Jonathan Caplan ( from Edison, NJ )


As America marks this 10th anniversary of 9/11, we recall Nancy, whose untimely passing was on this day. We never met Nancy but we have read much about her vibrant life and blessed soul. May the Morgenstern family be comforted knowing that Nancy will always be in our hearts.


2011-09-11 10:01:36 (GMT -5s)

Name: Toni germanotta ( from NYC )


My thoughts and prayers are with the Morgenstern family. When I think of Nancy, I think of her rolling up on her bike with the biggest smile her warmth and enthusiasm beaming! it was a joy to be in her presence.


2011-09-11 09:42:41 (GMT -5s)

Name: Melanie Notkin ( from New York City )


I just posted this on Facebook:

In memory of Nancy M. I can't imagine what you went through that morning... I think of you sometimes when I'm not having a great day and think of the days I've had that you never did and I get over it... especially on the days that start off a beautiful as can be...full of promise.

We weren't close friends but just by being in my life you've given me an appreciation for every day and that is a gift I will always remember. And I will never forget you. Love, Melanie

[May you be comforted by her memory and may her neshama have aliya as we all remember her today and every day with love.]


2011-09-11 00:30:53 (GMT -5s)

Name: Moshe Bellows ( from NYC )



At this the 10 year anniversary, I just wanted to share how much you are missed. Thinking about you a lot. I trust you are in a great place, looking upon us and showering us with love.


2011-09-10 23:23:41 (GMT -5s)

Name: Martha Morgenstern Soltesz ( from Portland, Oregon )


Hard to believe it has been 10 years since that horrendous tragedy happened. We must never forget. My thoughts and prayers continue for the victims' families and especially to Hainie and Suri Morgenstern, Nancy's parents. May she bring comfort to all who knew her.

Martha Morgenstern Soltesz

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