Monday, November 5, 2007

Day Two...

Okay.

Today's task is to write about a particular someone(s) that either saved my life, or inspired me to excel.

First of all, as I grow older, the more I see that - despite our differences of opinions in many forums - my parents were definitely on to something. They were the first ones to tell me that I can do better, and that they indeed expected that of me. While at the time, I couldn't understand how they couldn't understand that I worked so hard just to get the grade I got, I now see that this was their way of telling me that they could see my potential. They could see it, and because they could see to a certain extent what I capable of, they didn't allow mediocrity.

The same went for the rest of my siblings...

Someone who saved my life? That would most definitely be my Rosh Yeshiva, in a sense.

Five years ago (and some change, to be exact), I was going through a real rough patch. I had just gotten into major trouble at my high school/yeshiva, and I was now desperately looking for a new place, a new yeshiva where I could maybe have a fresh start, and hold me back from completely losing it.

I knew what I needed. I needed a small place, where the group's a little more close knit, where they weren't as judgmental. However, the most important factor was the Rosh Yeshiva. I needed somebody with warmth, someone who just cared about his boys, and that's exactly what I found when I came to my current yeshiva. From the first time we spoke on the phone up until this day, I would do anything to make my Rosh proud of me. His entire approach to running a yeshiva is based on trust, and because of that simple fact, I just couldn't let him down.

I only found out much later that he was completely aware of everything that happened at my old yeshiva, and even so, he decided to give me another chance.

I think I owe him forever...

12 comments:

The Dreamer said...

wow.

karma dude said...

Amen to that.

Reb Y. said...

Teary eyed...
How many of us could/should say the same...
(Not a mention about the guy that drove you to the train station ;))

jjl said...

few and far between, those men are specail

doodlehead said...

hes just the man. thank g-d for creating him.

jewmaican20 said...

Reb Y. - I didn't mention the guy who drove me to the train station the same way I didn't mention the dork who showed up in a suit and tie...:)

Reb Y. said...

well you did metuoin him..

Moe said...

WOW very true!!!! he is a man that helped me GREATLY and for that i will forever love that man VERY much!!

The Dreamer said...

where's day three?

jewmaican20 said...

Dreamer - I'm a little bit under the weather and spent most of the day sleeping. Hopefully I'll be able to post a day four...

The Dreamer said...

refuah sheleimah!

Anonymous said...

feel better but no excuses we want to see all 7days