We all live in our own story - where other people’s needs and perspectives might feel threatening.
Recognize that peace brings a happier ending to everyone’s story – including your own.
This is a story about the Lipskys –
the family on the ground floor of a quiet apartment building in Jerusalem. 👪
Soon after they moved in, the neighborhood dynamics shifted – and so did their belongings.
There were frequent break–ins and burglaries.
Home just didn’t feel safe anymore.
So they began building a wall to enclose their balcony and keep intruders out.
Actually, this is a story about the Friegers on the second floor. ⬆⬇
The Friegers were not happy to see a new structure coming right up to their balcony on the second floor. 😡
Afraid of break-ins themselves,
they told the Lipskys to stop construction. ✋🛠
"We’re sorry, our family’s safety comes first," was the Lipskys’ response.
And soon a new wall began to rise inside the apartment building - a wall of blame and hate. 😠😤
Our story about the Lipskys and the Friegers isn’t pretty - untill we move the story to the third floor neighbors, the Booksteins. ⬆⬆⬆
Who invited both families to their apartment to talk things over - and made them an impossibly good offer. 💥🤝
To build an enclosure around the second floor balcony as well to protect the Frieger apartment – and the Booksteins would cover the costs. 💰🙌
They wanted Shalom to reign in their building.
Everyone was happy.
And that’s the end of all 3 stories.
Or so you’d think.
Only then, there was a fire in the Bookstein apartment when the kids were home alone. 🔥👩🚒🧯
The neighbors tried rescuing the Booksteins - but their door was jammed shut.
Then, some bachurim had an idea. 💡
Taking a ladder from a nearby construction site, they climbed up to the third floor - using the two-story wall. 🪜
And carried the children to safety.
The wall of Shalom the Booksteins built saved them from tragedy.
So actually, this isn’t a story about the Lipskys.
Or the Friegers.
Or the Booksteins. It’s a story of who wins when peace leads the way.