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A rabbi makes it a merry ChristmasA rabbi makes it a merry Christmas

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonJoan shared with me that it was, after all, Christmas and there she sat, in a drab hospital gown, in a hospital room far, far away from her own space – her home and her beloved possessions. Finally, she said to me, “Well, what can a rabbi do about this?” And we both laughed; it did seem absurd. After a minute I told Joan to sit tight, that I had an idea. I hustled down to the Social Services office and grabbed two social workers and told them I needed them; we were going on a mission – to sing Christmas carols. I then told Joan that if she told anyone – ever – that the rabbi was caroling for her, I would soundly deny it! And then three of us sang: “Silent Night,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bells” and a raft of other seasonal favorites. Joan’s daughter, coming for a visit, wandered into the room and began to sing along with us, and finally Joan herself joined in. We had a wonderful time letting the music work its healing magic, bringing us all close together, creating brotherhood and oneness, transcending the particularism of religion and melding it into the universal language of song. And then we took our leave; each of us wishing Joan a “Merry Christmas.” As we left the room, we each felt that we had done, forgive me, a mitzvah – more than a good deed. The next day, when I came to work I checked in on Joan. She sat up in her chair with a big smile on her face. She told me the depression had lifted, that the singing just helped to turn her around. I was very pleased for her and I told her how happy I was and excused myself to go and visit another patient. As I reached the door Joan said something I will never forget: “Rabbi,” she said, “you gave me my Christmas back!” Rabbi Arthur Rosenberg is a chaplain at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital and Country House in Woodland Hills.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Remember the old TV commercials for Maytag washers and dryers? The poor repairman felt like the loneliest person in town because no one needed him. I beg to differ. I am a rabbi and chaplain and work for the Motion Picture & Television Hospital and Country House in Woodland Hills. Being a rabbi during Christmas has to be a lonelier job. It is as if the whole world is Christian and I have, like the repairman, lost my customers. I was in the hospital on Dec. 23 visiting a Catholic lady in her 90s. She was depressed. She had a bout of pneumonia and a drop in her sodium level. These were not, in themselves, enough in her case to be life-threatening but certainly enough to send her to the hospital. I took her hand and asked “Joan” how she was doing, and she told me: “Oh, Rabbi, just so-so.” last_img read more