Recently, we bought a plant/small tree - the first one since Mona Daniella's tragic and sudden suicide. Only because it is named Daniella (with 2 "L"s) just like in her name. The store owner told us it is considered "The Wish Tree". We believe she would have loved this. It is a beautiful, beautiful tree.
Today it's 9/11. An infamous, and horrible day in the history of the United States of America. In the Hebrew Calendar, it is the 23rd of Elul, exactly one week before Roshashana, the Hebrew Calendar New Year. 9/11 had affected Mona Daniella in many ways more than we could have imagined or foreseen.
As a teenager, she did a summer internship in Columbia University. She had to read stories of survivors, and summarize them in a few pages. Out of many applicants, only 2 people were successful to get into that program. As per Columbia University "The September 11, 2001 Oral History Project consists of five projects and programs focusing on different areas of inquiry related to the aftermath of the destruction of the World Trade Center. As of the tenth anniversary, the project as a whole amounts to over 900 recorded hours (23 hours on video) with over 600 individuals. To date, 687 hours with 351 individuals are now open and available to the public through our archive."
For our family it is also the worse day of our lives. Mona Daniella died on Elul the 23rd. On the Hebrew date of 9/11. Alan, Mac, and I lit 1 Yahrzeit candle each, in her memory. We lit them in front of the window in the room she grew up. We hope Mona Daniella z"l is resting in peace. Prayers in her memory are scheduled for tonight and tomorrow morning, September 12, 2020, at the Beth Edmund Synagogue (Safra) located in New York City, as well as in other countries where family members and friends will be sponsoring meals, and studies in her memory, to hopefully help elevate her soul to Gan Eden..
Mona Daniella was a sensitive, gentle, kind, and caring person. She epitomized "Chessed", Loving-Kindness. She fought extremely hard. In a 2014 email I wrote to her that she was the bravest, the brightest, the most determined and the most resilient. Indeed she was. And much more.