Here is a wonderful and true post-Yom Kippur story.
I’m a minimalist which means I don’t have clutter or excess in my home. This is mainly because I have 8 people in a small three-bedroom apartment and have no extra space for non-necessary items. I’m also against excess consumerism and only purchase what we need. With that said, I can confidently say my apartment lacks storage space. The only thing left to maximize space would be to climb the walls with shelving.
As I straightened up this week I decided two things were needed that would really make a big difference: a durable plastic closet to be kept on the mirpeset (patio/balcony) and a display shelf for photos and knickknacks. After paying for summer camp and school supplies immediately followed by the High Holidays it was a wish more than a possibility. I checked the re-homing groups, but alas I didn’t see either of my desired items.
A common practice in Israel is to put giveaway items near the dumpster. Some items are good condition and some are not. The other day I was taking out the trash and what did I see? A perfectly good ladder from a bunk bed which got me very excited. If you’ve ever visited Pinterest for home decorating or organizing ideas you may know that a ladder can be mounted to the wall as display shelving. I brought the ladder home and a handy neighbor said he could hang it up after Sukkos.
After the Yom Kippur break-fast meal I accompanied my son to the dumpster to toss some trash. Behold-a Keter closet on the curb! Granted, one door was missing but it was otherwise in perfect condition and exactly what I needed for my intended purpose. With the help of my son and his friend, we shlepped that closet across the parking lot and two flights of stairs.
Hashem (G-d) had heard my prayers and listened. I know in my heart He is always listening. Sometimes the answer is ‘no’ and we don’t know why. Sometimes the answer is ‘rega’ (wait) or have ‘savlanut’ (patience). For these two items, the reply was affirmative and quick. What a wonderful way to start the new year!
Thanks for reading.
September 20, 2018