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Hello beautiful people!
Prepare for the worst pitch ever (besides for the woman who somehow nailed the cameraman who was like 18 meters away from home plate.)
I’ve known Yitzi since before he was a Berkowitz, wait, no, that’s not right, whatever. Since before he was married. It was at his engagement party (to my sister I might add) that I tried some whiskey for the first time, not that that’s an important milestone, but I have photos to prove it and they’re funny.
As time progressed (during which period I aged rapidly while Yitzi did so gracefully), I watched as his family grew, got to meet and hang out with my wonderful nieces and nephews (they need a plural word for both, get on it Merriam), we even spent some time cow watching (it’s a legitimate job!) and really started to understand what made Yitzi so special.
Yitzi was always “on”, always alive. You know how sometimes you’ll get enough sleep and have a coffee that’s just right, and the weather is perfect and you just feel like talking to everyone and actually at some level caring about every stranger you see? That was Yitzi. But like all the time. If something needed to be done, “sure!!”, if there were people within a shouting distance, Yitzi was talking to them (yet somehow never annoying).
And Yitzi was one of those people who are just good at things. Great at singing, at guitar, at dancing, sports, talking, joking, learning, being. Maybe thats’ the thing I noticed most, he was just very comfortable “being”, comfortable with who he was.
We were working together at the cow farm when he first noticed symptoms. Speech was sometimes hard to get out, sometimes slurred. I think that was the first sign. And they went from test to test trying to figure out what it was.
I didn’t know what to think when the diagnosis came back. I think I was embarrassed to even have any thoughts of my own on it.
At some level I thought, “well, it was a good run”, not giving up G-d forbid, but thinking that all those things that made Yitzi so great, that well, they’ll just be shelved for now, until he’ll be healed.
Well that healing hasn’t yet happened, but no one would ever have expected what came next. In his silence Yitzi spoke to more people than he ever had with his voice.
From his bed, with his eyes, Yitzi has changed more lives and affected more people that most can ever dream of.
At the same time, watching my sister and her family was and is heartbreaking and beautiful. I’m sure you can imagine, or try to, I won’t type it out. Maybe I can’t, or just really don’t want to.
One thing they do need is money. Fortunately or un, money really helps. It helps pay for nurses (which is huge), food for the family, care, continued schooling for the children, etc. It’s a LOT of money, but it’s really really worth it.
I don’t entirely understand the idea of running (or jumping or biking or…) for charity, like why not just ask for the money. But I do know that it works, it gets the fundraisers excited, and the funders as well (maybe? Hopefully?).
Honestly I was planning on running this marathon before I thought to join (as I’m doing one in Huntington Beach, CA and didn’t think I would be allowed to join this awesome team), so I can’t even be like “look what I’m doing for Yitzi!”, and I probably shouldn’t say that, but, well, I like honesty, usually.
So please, give what you can, and know that you are truly making the world a brighter place.
With love,
Zalmy Berkowitz

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      Sholom Berkowitz

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      David Berkowitz

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      brad shefmire

      Good Luck ….Have Fun 🙂
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      Arnold Zigman

      My great photographer friend is doing such a great mitzvah. How could I not support his effort for this cause? I don’t know Yitzi personally but am well aware and inspired by his story, tragic as it is. I am so proud of Zalmy for the effort he has been putting it to train for the marathon and I know how he has pushed though training even with injuries. I am sure he will do a great job and I hope this little donation helps get him across the finish line in his support of his brother-in-law.
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      Sheina Berkowitz

      Mazal Tov! May you go from strength to extra strength! Happy Birthday 🎉
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      Esther Smith

      Hatzlacha Rabba!
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      Anonymous

      Happy Birthday Zalmy 🙂
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      David Pilarski

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      Kelly Carothers

      Happy Belated Birthday, Zalmy. Sending much love and prayer to Rabbi Yitzi and his family ❤️
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      Anonymous

      Run, Zalmy, run!
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      Susan Green

      Run, Zalmy, run for such a good cause!
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      Heartbreaking story !
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      Stephanie Garcia

      ❤️❤️
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      Paul Gold

      I’m proud you are doing this. I am inspired by Rav. Hurwitz. We are good friends of your in laws, and I met my wife Debbie at the same day that Steve met your mother in law. Rav Hurwitz is an inspiration. Let’s start off the giving with a double Chai,.
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      Sholom Berkowitz

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      David Berkowitz

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      brad shefmire

      Good Luck ….Have Fun 🙂
    4. $180.00

      Arnold Zigman

      My great photographer friend is doing such a great mitzvah. How could I not support his effort for this cause? I don’t know Yitzi personally but am well aware and inspired by his story, tragic as it is. I am so proud of Zalmy for the effort he has been putting it to train for the marathon and I know how he has pushed though training even with injuries. I am sure he will do a great job and I hope this little donation helps get him across the finish line in his support of his brother-in-law.
    5. $36.00

      Sheina Berkowitz

      Mazal Tov! May you go from strength to extra strength! Happy Birthday 🎉
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      Rachel Spangenthal

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      Chaya Berghoff

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      Yossi Rodal

    9. $30.00

      Esther Smith

      Hatzlacha Rabba!
    10. $50.00

      Anonymous

      Happy Birthday Zalmy 🙂
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      Samantha Hines

    12. $36.00

      Nomi Laio

    13. $180.00

      Anonymous

    14. $36.00

      David Pilarski

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      Kelly Carothers

      Happy Belated Birthday, Zalmy. Sending much love and prayer to Rabbi Yitzi and his family ❤️
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      Anonymous

      Run, Zalmy, run!
    17. $180.00

      Susan Green

      Run, Zalmy, run for such a good cause!
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      Esther Altman

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      Brian & Jennifer Wright

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      Miriam Levy-Haim

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      Anonymous

      Heartbreaking story !
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      P/S Berger

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      Stephanie Garcia

      ❤️❤️
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      Ariel Gratch

    25. $36.00

      Paul Gold

      I’m proud you are doing this. I am inspired by Rav. Hurwitz. We are good friends of your in laws, and I met my wife Debbie at the same day that Steve met your mother in law. Rav Hurwitz is an inspiration. Let’s start off the giving with a double Chai,.
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