Last night, Charlie Wood, a dear, beloved student of mine, and a great and special friend of all of us has passed away. Charlie’s heart touched all of us through his music and his dedication to his friends, to all of Bnei Baruch, and to me. A congress in America without Charlie Wood is not quite the same congress.
Yet, as we all know, everything that the Creator does is for our best, and for the best of the world. Charlie passed away because his part in Adam HaRishon needed this in order to advance toward Dvekut with Him, and so we should be happy for Charlie and for the Creator.
To Charlie’s beloved wife Debbie, I want to say, “Your dedication to Charlie and to the goal are an example to all of us. Please know that you are loved, we are your family, and we are here for you. I pray for your strength and that you will always remember that there is none else besides Him, and that He is good and does good, and everything He does is in order to bring you, Charlie, and all of us closer to Him, even when we cannot see how.”
Such hardships should increase our efforts to unite far more than usual. I call on the women of the world Kli, and especially those in America, to help and give strength to our friend Debbie. As we lift her out of her grief, we are lifting ourselves toward spirituality.