Rachaeli entered this world with her eyes open wide; God delivered her to us shortly before the start of the Sabbath on Friday October 25, 2002. It was a perfect delivery following a perfect pregnancy. Rachaeli was absolutely captivating. We marveled as we lost ourselves in the depth of her wide brown eyes; they were magnificent windows to an old soul we?d been waiting and training all our lives to love. Enveloped in her mother?s tight embrace, our fourth child scanned the delivery room, as if trying to locate her 3 brothers. She knew her stay with us would be transient; her soul thirsted for as much love and spiritual nourishment as she could absorb. She was the model of serenity, of soulful contentment. In her mother?s arms, she was finally Home.

14 months later, on December 4th, 2003, we learned what Rachaeli knew all along. Her visit to this world would likely be brief; Tay-Sachs Disease would slowly and progressively return her to her Creator in Heaven. We struggled with the notion of an illness for which there was no treatment or cure. We struggled with how much we were being forced to relinquish. What we failed to realize, however, was how much Rachaeli would enrich our lives along the way.

This is Rachaeli?s story.