A pediatrician once told the New York Times that when you’re fighting a cold, eating chicken soup might be better than taking over the counter medicines. I believe that’s because LOVE is one of the ingredients… especially when someone makes it just for you.
Rabbi Shmuel Tiechtel and his wife Chana believe it too. Since 2008 the couple has been knocking on the doors of college students who aren’t feeling well. They bring steaming bowls of their own special homemade matzo ball chicken soup, and the couple hopes – a warm, homey feeling.
“It makes you feel better,” says the rabbi. “And it’s not just the chicken soup, it’s the fact that somebody thought to come and give it to you – the fact that someone cares.”
The soup makers run Chabad House, a Jewish student center near campus where they take about 15 orders a week for the best cold medicine in the world. Students (and parents too) can place orders online or by phone.
From many miles away, Marlene Widawer was able to order soup for her daughter. It provided peace of mind for her and instant healing for her Hannah.
There’s no charge for the chicken soup… only a wish that their cooking will spark more good in our world. “If we can change the world with one bowl at a time, that would be really good,” says the rabbi’s wife.
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