CP & All

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Menachem Weiss, a “special” teen with CP, reports every week to Merkaz Ha’inyanim on an angle of life that he alone can talk about

 

Shalom dear readers!

Let me tell you about a very special Shabbat with the Ezer Mizion’s Matan Club.

Navah Giloh, the director of Ezer Mizion’s Matan Club in Petach Tikvah, called to say that  they are planning a stay up in the Golan Heights. She wanted to know if I was coming. Continue reading CP & All

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He Is Disabled??!

We all have complaints. Some of us sit back with the attitude of ‘What can I do? If only I had such and such, then I would be able to accomplish so much more’. And then there are the rare few who take what they were given, little as that may be, and scale the heights. Daniel Mizrachi is one of those rare gems. Daniel introduces himself in a clip.

 

 

 

The clip begins with Daniel as an adorable 3-year-old and his promise to us all that if we believe that G-d can help us and what we want is something good, we will succeed. Today Daniel Mizrachi is twenty-four years old and gets about in a wheelchair. And how he gets about! He doesn’t just use his wheelchair to get to the local newsstand to buy a newspaper and then spend the rest of the day relaxing. Daniel wakes up each morning and says to himself, “Now why did G-d give me this new day? What can I accomplish with it?” It’s real accomplishments that Daniel is looking for… accomplishments that will help both him and others grow spiritually.
Were you born with your disability or did it happen later in life?
I was born with it. There are only five other people in the world with CP similar to what I am afflicted with. When I was one year old, we moved from Russia to Israel. I grew up in a warm, loving family. The doctors had predicted that I would never be able to go forward in life. Everyone, except my parents, thought I was retarded. People, including the doctors, spoke around me, not to me, thinking I was not able to understand a thing. I just lay there like a bump on a log. In my heart, I thought to myself: Just you wait. With my belief in G-d and my will, I’ll yet overturn worlds. If those doctors could have seen inside my head, they’d know that I was more than a bump, someone who just occupies space. Continue reading He Is Disabled??!

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Behind the Wheel at Ezer Mizion

pr amb Shmuel Strauss interviewShmuel Strauss was hired as a driver. His job: to transport the elderly and disabled from here to there. But reading between the lines, he knew that an Ezer Mizion driver could do so much more.
“I often see the same people week after week and develop relationships,” he says. “One of my clients was a young mother of three whose husband had died four years ago. Now it was she who was battling for her life. I take her to the oncology clinic for treatment several times a week. Worries color her every waking hour. Will she…? What will be with her children afterwards…” Shmuel would speak warmly to her. His encouragement left her smiling, albeit wanly. One trip found her even more depressed than usual. Continue reading Behind the Wheel at Ezer Mizion

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On the Road to Life

ambulance IMG_2569Ezer Mizion’s eighteen ambulances and vehicles for transport of the disabled cruise Israel’s roads and highways almost twenty-four hours a day, providing service to as many patients and mobility-impaired as possible. For each of the passengers, this service is as indispensable as the air they breathe. Most of them are oncology or dialysis out-patients who must come to the hospital a few times a week for treatment. Some are transported by car by our thousands of volunteer drivers. For others, their physical condition precludes travel by car, even with assistance. Yet, for these patients, frequent hospital trips are essential to life. Travel via ambulance is the only option but ambulance transport is not covered by Kupat Cholim. The cost of one trip by private ambulance begins at about NIS 400. Continue reading On the Road to Life

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CP Won’t Stop Me!

Menachem Weiss, a “special” teen with CP, reports every week to Merkaz Ha’inyanim on an angle of life that he alone can talk about
Shalom dear readers!
Shared By: nakrea 11-13-2011I’ve already told you in the past that Lelover Chassidim go to Meron every year on the Shabbat of parashat B’haalotcha. Many years, we went to these Shabbat events with the whole family.
My brothers and one of my sisters decided to go this year and organized an apartment for themselves. The truth is that I really envied them, because I love these Shabbatot. But what can I do? My siblings can just hop in a car and go. For me, going anywhere is a major undertaking. I wasn’t complaining, just feeling bad…until the surprise. Continue reading CP Won’t Stop Me!

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To Fight, or to Surrender by: Esther Klein, retired educational supervisor, currently a victim of ALS

pr general helping hand saving from drowningMy son Ahrele moved to Beitar, and I am planning on attending the housewarming party. I am planning… but my family has other plans. I announce my intentions and immediately receive the typical reactions: Mommy, why do you have to travel out there? It’s a big effort for you. Just call him up.

I consider their words. Why fight all day? You don’t feel well – enough, give up. Surrender to harsh reality. The overwhelming majority of A.L.S. patients in my condition are hospitalized in wards for terminal patients, waiting silently for…. And I, I keep fighting all day. I fight because I want to continue…to continue giving. But the ALS is a potent enemy and me? I’m just a weak soldier. Continue reading To Fight, or to Surrender by: Esther Klein, retired educational supervisor, currently a victim of ALS

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Bella Stern’s Math Lesson

Bella Stern’s math lesson: When you have less, give away more and the total will increase.
It’s a tried and true method, says Mrs. Stern. It works every time. Mrs. Stern is past seventy and paralyzed from the waist down due to polio which she contracted as a child. She moves around with heavy leg braces on crutches. Many people who knew her from phone conversations are shocked when they meet her in person, never realizing the challenging physical condition she endures with such cheer and optimism. Continue reading Bella Stern’s Math Lesson

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A Posting Meant for You, Our Dear Friends and Supporters

pr amb row 1690_ne_related_content_a_pic_4dfbeRachel Gemara: Had an amazing experience last summer when an ezer mitzion ambulance took me and my patient from Shaarei tzedeck Jerusalem to bnei brak for her brothers wedding. It was completely last minute and the driver and organizers were incredible. My patient passed away 3 weeks later and this was the last simcha she was able to attend. We could not have done it without ezer mitzion! They truly are angels – I’ll never forget the chessed you did for this family. Gd bless.

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A Letter Meant for You, Our Dear Friends and Supporters

Hamodia
Feb. 17, 2015
Thank You!
Good Deeds Fall to the Hands of Good People
pr mental illness flowers 1542_ne_photo_stories1_98b2aThank you from the bottom of our hearts to Ezer Mizion and to the people who are synonymous with caring and support –Motty Roth and Amitai Muskat, who went to so much trouble to arrange our transport to Jerusalem with all our wheelchairs. Thanks to them, we were able to participate in the special activity and recharge our batteries for the next few months.
We are aware of the overload of requests for wheelchair-accessible vehicles and appreciate how much effort was entailed in this project.
May Hashem bless you and may you merit to keep up your holy work sanctifying Hashem’s Name with happy heart, nachat, and ease.
M.R.K.S. – Bnei Brak

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I’m Nervous…

Menachem Weiss, a “special” teen, reports every week to Merkaz Ha’inyanim on an angle of life that he alone can talk about
Winding Up the Summer
Shalom dear readers!
It’s that time of year and I’m nervous again.
Ezer Mizion’s retreats for CP guys like me are fantastic. They’re a lot of fun. Being with friends who share the same experiences is…well, I have no words to describe it. But still I get nervous. pr spec CP Matan 2014 10487420_342417442577865_7608780507596901650_n
One retreat is always not so far from home, and if there is a problem, someone from my family can come right away.
I’ve been going to these retreats for many years now, since I was a little boy. And each year I arrive feeling tense. Continue reading I’m Nervous…

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