Monday, May 29, 2017

Mussie's Bas Mitzvah

Yesterday we celebrated the Bas Mitzvah of our daughter Mussie. It was beautiful and she was beautiful. I would like to share with you what Yitzi wrote and what I wrote. It was surprisingly difficult for me to get through it. I cried numerous times. I often speak to people about the hardships of life and get teary eyed, but this was so different. She is my baby and life has been so challenging. I so wish I could just tell her that things will be ok, but that honesty thing. It really gets in the way. 

Dear Mussie my precious pretty princess,

Since the day you were born, you were special. You always lit up the room with your smile and you knew how to make others feel good. You also have the most beautiful voice and you love children and they love you. You love to help people, you are a little mammaleh. You are also beautiful like your mother, and that is because, like her, you are beautiful on the inside and that comes out for everyone to see.

These are just some of the gifts, that Hashem gave you. It is clear, that Hashem wants you to use these amazing gifts, to lift the spirits of others and that is a true blessing.

My wish for you, is that you strive to be the most happy and wonderful version of yourself. You are our little light, our beautiful Mussie.

To My Dearest Daughter Mussie,

Mazal Tov on this very important occasion. A Bas Mitzvah is such a special time for a young lady. We welcome you to your place among the Jewish people and more specifically, among the Jewish women. The strongest, smartest and kindest people I know are Jewish women. Hashem has given you the most important task in the world, to make sure our future is strong. You are going to need brains, creativity, hard work, a big heart, a beautiful smile and unshakable faith. It will be like a recipe. Add a bit of everything and mix with love and care and often tears, and the outcome will be delicious. 
In the summer of 2013, your father and I went to Israel for a medical trial. While we were there, we davened (prayed) at many holy places, but specifically by the gravesite soft our Matriarchs. There is nothing like crying to your mother, and a mother always wants what's best for her children. We were heading to Kever Rochel (the gravesite of our matriarch Rachel) when we bumped into a girls traveling camp. They were so excited to see us as they had been davening for Tatty (Daddy) all summer. They gave us many blessings for a speedy recovery and asked if Tatty would speak to them. It was quite difficult to understand what he was saying at that time, but there, just outside Kever Rochel, Tatty gave his last speech, and it was to young ladies much like you. He told them that Hashem loves them, and how the Rebbe has so much faith in them. He told them that they are the key to our future. It will be up to them to determine out future. Right there, outside the gravesite of our mother Rochel, who is also called the mother of Galus (exile), he told these young ladies that although this exile is hard and bitter, they have what it takes to endure, and not just by the skin of their teeth, but magnificently. 
Mussie, your sunny disposition is the most similar to your father's. The way you sing while you work, the way you love to laugh and wake up with the sun -at least before you became a teenager. The biggest gift in life, to yourself and to those around you, is to be happy. It will make every part of your life better and more enjoyable. 
We watched as Tatty lost the ability to sing and to laugh out loud, and in loosing your ally, it became harder for you to maintain your sunny disposition. As our lives got harder, and we left our beloved Shlichus, being so happy was not so easy. I want to remind you that this is who you are. Sometimes we can forget who we are, but returning to yourself is like coming home. It is not nearly as hard as changing your nature. Your nature is beautiful and joyful and loving and nurturing. 

May Hashem bless you, my sweet Mussie Pie, with so much to be happy about. We are all looking forward to the day when you and your beautiful father can sing together and laugh together all the way to the Bais Hamikdosh. 


  1. Mazaltov Mazaltov. May you only have nachus from all your children, in good health and continued happiness.

  2. To R'Yitzi and Dina: You are incredible people with midot we should all emulate. Mussie: Mazel tov on your special simcha. May your entire family be blessed with an abundance of the brachos of GeFen and Shalom Bayis to 120. Love from Doris Jaffe in S. Diego.

  3. Beautiful Dina. Thank you for sharing your and Yitzi's words. Wishing you a giant Mazel Tov! And that all that you (and the world ) wish for yourselves should be revealed immediately!! Much love, Tova Hinda

  4. Masal tov ,es la familia mas hermosa que me inspira que Hashem le de Refua Shelema Minshamayim y que decir de Dina eres una mujer almirable y eres un ejempol como ladre esposa y una guia espiritual junto al Rabi Yitzi y todos tus hijos son perlas que adornan tu matrimonio shalom

  5. Mazal Tov! You give me so much chizuk. May your home be filled with simcha, and may you continue to inspire klal Yisroel. Much nachas from beautiful Mussie ND the whole family,
    Michal, Beit shemesh

  6. Mazal Tov Mussie and Mazal Tov Hurwitz family on this beautiful simcha. As you share your lives with us, you spread such wisdom and clarity. You may have given up your shlichus in Temecula, but you have not stopped teaching us how to live with faith and joy and kindness and purpose. Even though we can't hear your husband's voice, we hear all your messages loud and clear- and those messages help all of us learn how to live with the challenges that each of us is given in this world. As your Bas Mitzvah girl Mussie is your light, so too you are our lights! We will continue to look for your messages on the web because your teachings light the way for us in this dark and difficult galus. And all of us who care about you will not lose hope because we know Moshiach is almost here and Rabbi Hurwitz and his special family will be dancing with us as we all rise to greet Him soon! With all our thanks and love, from the Moss Family in Baltimore