- A new project in memory of RivkA Matitya z”l, called Meneket RivkA:
Welcome to Meneket RivkA – a memorial tzedakah (charity) project conceived by RivkA’s friends, students and teachers to serve a cause that she truly believed in, carried out in association with the Jerusalem Breastfeeding Center and the Eden Center and with the blessing of RivkA’s family. RivkA Matitya was, among many other things, passionate about breastfeeding. As a La Leche League leader she inspired many women, both to breastfeed their children as well as to become breastfeeding educators and lactation consultants themselves. RivkA believed very strongly that breastfeeding and breastfeeding education, should be accessible to everyone. She did not receive payment for her services, and offered breastfeeding help to anyone and everyone, even in the final weeks leading up to her passing. You can read more about RivkA’s belief in the importance of breastfeeding, and more about RivkA, on her incredible blog “Coffee and Chemo“, which she wrote up until her recent passing.
At her funeral, her husband Moshe related that when her youngest child was just a few months old, RivkA was hospitalized, yet insisted upon continuing to nurse her baby, organizing for friends, neighbors and even strangers to bring her infant daughter to the hospital around the clock. When it was put to RivkA’s that these demands were making everyone crazy, RivkA responded, “But this is the only thing I can do for my baby right now.” As this story was told at the funeral, the crowd of over a thousand mourners wept over the loss of this selfless mother of three. And at that very moment, the idea for a much-needed “Tzedakah” (charity) project was born.
- Obituaries for RivkA appeared both in Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post.
- A reader asked me to post a prayer request for the recovery of a young father: Levi Yitzchak ben Tzirel.
- I wrote about Jonathan Bloom’s new book on food waste, American Wasteland, at the environmental site Green Prophet.
- Haveil Havalim is up at Frume Sarah’s, and includes many links about RivkA Matitya z”l.
- A reader asked what “z”l” means. It stands for zichrona (or zichrono for a male) livracha, may her (or his) memory be for a blessing.
- The Kislev Kosher Cooking Carnival is up at Risa’s (Isramom).
- Shomer Shekalim on negotiating with internet and cell-phone companies.
- You can blog or tweet to win a free tallit until November 13.