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Ellen & I were very touched by your thinking of us and personally delivering the unbelievable book you have written about Nancy AH.
Although we had met Nancy AH several times over the past 18 summers we certainly did not know her or who she was. Your book portrayed her as someone who was mekadesh shem shomayim in the way she lived her life. Although we all know it subconsciously certainly speaking for myself we very often lose sight of our primary objective is as frum jews. And that is that we are to be mekadesh shem shomayim in every facet of our lives. Nancy is portrayed in the book as someone who understood this as the purpose of being a jew and clearly accomplished this goal in her short lifetime. To me this is an eye opener to realize how important our behavior in the business world is and to keep the focus on our real job "being mekadesh shem shomayim in all we do".
I only hope that this book can impart this lesson to everyone who reads it and thereby be a z'chus for Nancy A"H.
May you only have simchas and nachas from your beautiful family bla"h and may we only share simchas henceforth.
Ellen & Moish Lieber"
There is a saying, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. ... so it is not surprising that your marvelous Nancy was warm empathetic courageous and charming.
I am delighted that you wrote the book and allowed us to know her. Reading through tears is a challenge; I am sure that writing through tears is an even greater one. Nancy was a beautiful person who left her mark on the world and will never be forgotten.
Thanks again for your generous gift.
We received your touching book this past erev shabbos. Leah and I both read it over Shabbos and shared some of the incredible letters about Nancy with our children. Nancy's goodness as a daughter, friend and jew is a powerful legacy and strong lesson to all of us. Our prayer is that your memories of Nancy should only be happy ones with the knowledge that your special daughter lived her life with grace, class and above all Emunah.
Gabe and Leah Schwab and Family
May GD be with you.
Fruma Cohen (Mindy Elfenbein's sister)
I recieved your book about Nancy this afternoon. I never met Nancy, but I raced bicycles with a number of her teammates, and know many of the contributors to the book. Her story is so inspiring, and it's clear that you are so proud of Nancy, as you should be.
I wanted to share a recent story with you that put a smile on my face, and I hope you enjoy it.
I was invited to the barmitzvah of my neighbor last week. I found this a bit odd because he had just turned 83. It was my first time in a synogogue and I found the service quite moving. I'm sure you know the reason why an old man can have a barmitzvah, but for those who are not Jewish, apparantly one is entitled to a second barmitzvah 70 years after the first. What a wonderful idea and a fantastic celebration of both ends of life. Harold, my 83-year-old neighbor, is also an avid biker and a true inspiration for me.
Thank you so much for sharing the book with me.
I just finished reading your beautiful tribute to Nancy. Up until now, I felt terrible for you for your loss but I didn't relate personally because I had never met Nancy. Now I feel that I know a little bit what Nancy was and oh, what a loss it is! Nancy seems to have perfected Hevay mekabel es kol ha adom beseiver panim yofos (Greet every person with a cheerful face).
Suri you told me you were aware that you couldn't give me a gift and I shouldn't consider the book a gift. How wrong you were! I believe that I will be a better person for having read it."
Reading about Nancy's life taught me that Judaism should be lived and experienced in a much broader and universalistic manner. We gain acceptance outside our own little world not by hiding or compromising who we are and what we do, but by being true to our ideals and by treating others, whoever they are, with warmth, dignity, respect and friendship. We were, after all, scattered about the world to be a light unto the nations. What better way to accomplish this than by emulating Nancy's warmth, strength, determination and character.
Nancy's life also taught me about the need to be passionate about something that is dear to our heart. Nancy gave her all to everything she did but she was passionate about her bicycling and with her passion she touched and enhanced the lives of everyone she met.
Thank you for compiling and editing the book, for giving me a copy, and for bringing into this world and raising such a fine human being and Jew. May Nancy's memory always be a blessing.
I just finished reading your beautiful tribute to Nancy. Up until now, I felt terrible for you for your loss but I didn't relate personally because I had never met Nancy. Now I feel that I know a little bit what Nancy was and oh, what a loss it is! Nancy seems to have perfected Hevay mekabel es kol ha adom beseiver panim yofos.
Suri you told me you were aware that you couldn't give me a gift and I shouldn't consider the book a gift. How wrong you were! I believe that I will be a better person for having read it.
Hinde Jacobson "
All the best.
My dearest Suri and Hanie I want to thank you for setting up this website and writing this book. We all love and miss her. "