Thursday, September 16, 2010

in loving memory

today marks the first yahrzeit (anniversary on the hebrew calendar of the passing of a jew) of bracha elisheva bat avraham, also known as kirsten. on the day of her 29th birthday (according to the gregorian calendar), this young wife and mother of a new baby boy, was taken from this world to the next.  bracha elisheva was a light force in this world, a well of positive energy, and lived each moment of her life with full appreciation of G-d's kindness and blessings.  Her warmth and love touched thousands of people internationally as she journeyed internally and externally through the enriched and beautiful life she created.  bracha elisheva was a magnet of happiness and refined character. she was saturated with so many qualities it was impossible for them not to overflow and spread among anyone she encountered.  whether you knew her personally or are now learning about her for the first time, it is likely that you were touched by her in some way, directly or indirectly.  bracha elisheva brought a light to this world that still glows and will continue always. it is a custom on this day to not only remember bracha elisheva, but to elevate her soul by doing acts of kindness in her merit. do an extra mitzvah today, learn torah, or say a prayer in her merit.  as we take our final steps into yom kippur, think about who you are, who you want to become, and take the steps to elevate yourself and your potential.


  1. beautifully said and so inspired to do something on her behalf. thank you.

  2. This is a beautiful post Ivy. Thanks for sharing it with us all.