What I Care About

by Chossid March. 08, 2014 129407 views

This is my community in Crimea. I am far from them now, having left when we were surrounded by foreign tanks and troops. But my heart is with them and I am very fearful for their safety! The situation worsens daily. We are trying to get funds for the desperately needed security systems and guards for 3 buildings. You can help us at the following link:
http://www.chabadcrimea.org [chabadcrimea.org]

Yes, that's me between the girls.

Over the years, different young people have moved into our home, and become part of the family. A few years ago, one of my sons was visiting home, and hugged a young man who had grown up in our home. He said to my son “we're almost like brothers.” I felt so good when I heard my son reply “What do you mean ALMOST like brothers?! We ARE brothers!” My younger children know these “siblings” but the older ones don't, not having moved to Crimea with us. When we speak about them, they'll jokingly ask “oh – is that another of our sisters or brothers?” The girl to my right is like another daughter now…

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Jothindra Paranji 5 years, 2 months ago

I wish I had been your brother too...

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Felecia 5 years, 2 months ago

So lovely Leah. Praying for safety of you and all your loved ones.

5 years, 2 months ago Edited
Moira 5 years, 3 months ago

What a lovely set of your " family" and your sad report however gives hope , bless you all :)

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Jay 5 years, 4 months ago

Numbers 2 and 8 are really marvellous. Leah, please know that my thoughts are with you. I have been following all of this closely. My son lives in Moscow and it disturbs me greatly the kinds of half-truths and lies they are told there. Yet, am I surprised?? The first picture of you and ALL of your children makes me feel warm inside. I have many other kids besides my own as well. It has enriched my life the world over in ways for which one cannot give appropriate words. Peace and blessings to you and yours and I pray you can go back one day, safely.

5 years, 4 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 5 years, 5 months ago

Words can not describe how my heart feels for your family and all those other people.

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Colleen Krigerday 5 years, 6 months ago

Stay safe!! Thinking of you and hoping everything gets better very fast.

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Leslie D 5 years, 6 months ago

There's so much love in this set, Leah, and so much sadness.
[i]"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled
and do not be afraid."[/i]

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Lisa Charbonneau 5 years, 6 months ago

Cool set!

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É»„Æ™‹Ç†™ 5 years, 6 months ago

very cool!

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Tom Symons 5 years, 6 months ago

It is through pictures and blogs like these that we get to see the human side of troubles in the world....not what the main stream media decides we should see. We are keeping everyone in our prayers....

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 5 years, 6 months ago

A beautiful post - I hope they are all safe very soon

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Dannii L 5 years, 6 months ago

Leah, my thoughts are with you and your family/friends

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Finbarr 5 years, 6 months ago

Stay safe my friend !

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Michel Benjamin 5 years, 6 months ago

Great Post, we feel your emotion. Portraits #7 and #8 are awesome

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Honeybee 5 years, 6 months ago

These are lovely pictures of what you care about the most, Leah. Familly is the most significant aspect of our lives. Thanks for sharing these! I see that these people in your pictures are Jewish as well as living in Crimea. This makes this double sad for them as with the Tatar people who have suffered ethnic cleansing and colonization from Russia. In 1944, Stalin deported the entire Crimean Tatar population in cattle cars, dumping them in Cental Asia under the pretext of supposed collaboration with Nazi Germany. About 225,000 deportees perished from hunger. This is an act of genocide. We are all concerned that history is going to repeat itself again in 2014. We can only pray for a peaceful resolution. Thanks for your post!

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Josy 5 years, 6 months ago

Cruel and insoutenanble situation. My sincere thoughts are with you Leah.

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Evalizette Hansson Nordstrã¶M 5 years, 6 months ago

Be safe Dear Leah and you are all in my thoughts
Hugs x

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Mike Meliska 5 years, 6 months ago

What a scary situation.....

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Becky Brannon 5 years, 6 months ago

Such a meaningful post! We are all praying for a peaceful solution!

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Abby 5 years, 6 months ago

Beautiful captures of that which means the most to you :) Thinking of you ((( Hugs )))

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Kenny H 5 years, 6 months ago

What a terrible situation. I hope your family and friends stay safe.

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Dan Ravasio 5 years, 6 months ago

heartbreaking sadness here

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 5 years, 6 months ago

Are the jews being persecuted in Crimea right now?

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Natalie 5 years, 6 months ago

thinking of you and your community Leah ....will check out the link

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
John Parsons 5 years, 6 months ago

Thinking of you and yours.....

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 5 years, 6 months ago

Prayers are with you all.

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Eiram Marie 5 years, 6 months ago

Dear Leah, my heart is with you and yours. I don´t have any words of comfort - this morning we learned, that Russian forces lay land mines in Ukraine (near Crimea). This is a preparation for civil war, and we fear what the next days will bring

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 6 months ago

As you know, your P. B. friends have you and your extended family in our thoughts daily.

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