Dear Friend,

We recently moved to a new apartment, so it was time to have our mezuzahs checked for any possible blemishes. I ended up taking them to a recommended scribe in Los Angeles—and I live in the San Fernando Valley, so if you’re familiar with the L.A. area, you know that schlepping “over the hill” to the city is quite a feat.

The day the mezuzahs were ready, L.A. was hit with an El Niño, causing torrential rain that flooded the streets. (I know, I know, we’re lucky we don’t have to deal with snow and ice, but this was a big deal for us Californians!)

So now not only did I have to go “over the hill,” I had to do so in El Niño weather! But I was determined to get my mezuzahs. Thankfully, all went well and I arrived home safely. As my husband affixed the mezuzahs to our doorposts, I felt the enormity of the mitzvah and my small “sacrifice” to make sure that it was done in the proper time.

When have you made the effort to do a mitzvah, even when it wasn’t easy? Let me know in the comments below!

Sasha Friedman,
on behalf of the Editorial Team