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My Two Moments

Tzippora, as told to Chaya Shenny

Everyone has their moment — that time when the window opens just wide enough for them to see that their whole life has been a preparation for this minute. I had my moment twice.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I see now how the background, the props, and my own body were all being prepared for this. It was as if I were being swept along on a flying carpet, with an unbelievable Divine wind that brought me right where I had to be.

When I was younger, I took an interest in karate — not exactly what you would expect from a petite Bais Yaakov graduate — and I excelled in it.

It was invigorating, thrilling, uplifting. A feeling you only know when you’re utilizing every one of your strengths in perfect harmony, like a skier who’s rehearsed a mountain in his mind until he now descends it on automatic pilot, like a surgeon who channels his entire self to perform a operation.

I didn’t know it at the time but these skills would later help me survive.

I married and devoted my life to my husband and two children. I put karate on the back burner.

Then a series of events jolted me out of my routine. I needed all my competitive instincts and my ability to focus to pass the strange tests that were about to come my way.


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