This Week's Thought From The Koby Mandell Foundation
- Sherri Mandell
The Power of Story
This week's Torah portion, Chayei Sara, twice tells the story of Eliezer seeking a wife for Yitzhak.
Why the repetition? The Rizjener Rebbe writes that a person can fall to such a low state that not even prayers or learning Torah can redeem him. Only a story can.
The Koby Mandell Foundation's therapeutic method empowers people to tell their stories. Last week in Haifa we held a special reunion support group to discuss the Schalit prisoner exchange. (Some of the released murderers were responsible for the deaths of the women's children.) The support group had been disbanded for a year.
"The mothers were thrilled to be together again," said group facilitator Ruth Ann Sade. "They were upset about the exchange but happy that Gilad was released."
The therapist continued: "For over 6 years in the support group they had the opportunity to tell their stories, and now their stories have changed. One mother said to me, 'I have been so happy planning my daughter's wedding that I forgot about my dead son for a while.'
The group contributed to her ability to release the pain of her son's death so she could let happiness in. Time doesn't heal. But telling your story to people who understand does.