no words.

Daniella Lee- Casper. She has a beautiful 5 month old son and a tzadik of a husband. She herself was a true tzadekes. I am honored to have known her.

I was her RA in Stern and we shared the rooms adjoining a bathroom. I remember hearing shiurim on loudspeaker from her room. I remember the day she picked out her wedding dress and she said that it just felt “right.” I remember when she met Noam on a shabbaton she came back and just “knew” he was the one. That was Daniella, she knew who she was, what she wanted, what was right, and she was never afraid to just be herself. She was a leader who lead by example, with the power of goodness. She didn’t have to stand up in front of a crowd to create a ripple effect of positivity wherever she went.  

We reconnected later in LA, and she soon became a vibrant part of the community. She came to the valley for shabbas to my house, and she was about 7 months pregnant, calm, cool and collected. She had an inherent trust in Hashem and internalized the motto “Ivdu es Hashem b’Simcha/Serve Hashem with Happiness.”   Though we didn’t see each other often, she was an extremely powerful force in my life and the lives of many, many others.

   Perhaps what has always amazed me the most about Daniella is that she never judged or analyzed any person or action. She just is. Was. And she was incredible.

Words here feel almost harsh and fleeting, like sharp crumpled leaves in the wind hitting your face in the wind. How can this reparative process of words even try to rebuild who she was and the trauma and loss that the family is going through. It can’t, but we can try, and only hope that one day her son will read through our praise, our grief, our tears and our love, and see his mother.
Annie Statman

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