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Bringing the Strength of Rabbi Shimon to Others All Year ‘Round

September 20, 2016


By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

HamaspikCare Beneficiary, Annual Spiritual Pilgrim, Defies Disability

 

Brooklyn-born-and-raised Meyer Weiss has always had a head—despite, and perhaps in defiance of, physical disability.  Whether it’s probing the daf b’iyun, as the talmid chacham has been doing for years, or crunching numbers a la bookkeeping, Weiss is a thoughtful, cerebral presence with a gift for miniscule detail, be that a Tosfos or a total. 

 

If anything defines Meyer Weiss, disability isn’t it.

 

As such, he also spends a good part of each day talking to people going through personal challenges in their lives—helping them learn how to better appreciate their lives and how to be more connected to G-d. 

 

“That’s what I’m busy with all day,” he confesses.

 

Residing with his wife in upstate New Square, Mr. Weiss was introduced by friends about three years ago to the helping hands of HamaspikCare, Hamaspik’s upstate-based home-care agency. 

 

Initially benefiting from nursing visits and home-based therapy sessions, the scholar is currently supported by personal care aides (PCAs) purveyed by the agency.  The two gentlemen help Weiss through his daily routines, one in the morning and one at night, empowering him to thrive in the life that he has today.

 

Asked whether his relationship with his PCAs is strictly professional or more like that of a friend or family member, Weiss touches on both. 

 

They’re professional, friendly, and do a good job, he initially replies.  “With care and with heart,” he adds—“and they try their best.”

 

But Mr. Weiss also has a soul, and quite the incandescent one.

 

Why does his personal e-mail address invoke Lag B’Omer? the Gazette asks before sending him this write-up for review.  “I’m very close to Rabbi Shimon,” he simply states.  “I breathe Lag B’Omer.”

 

Regardless of whether it’s the years he’s been annually going to Meron for Lag B’Omer that’ve drawn him to the Tanna, or a preexisting proximity to the Tanna that’s driven him to Meron for Lag B’Omer for years, this is a spiritual man talking.

 

How does he manage the yearly flight?  Friends fly along to help.

 

So: Does he consider his aides, both caring frum Yidden, friends?

 

“I actually did consider taking him,” he says of Mr. Lunger, one of the two.  It was only logistical considerations—preexisting commitments and such—that prevented Mr. Lunger from going the distance.

 

If he could have come, would he?  “Yes!”

 

K’dai hu lismoch alav…