Welcome to “Touched by Toby,” which has been launched by Toby Eagle’s family and friends in honor of her 24th birthday on the 4th day of the Hebrew month of Nissan 5771. Many people from all over the world have written notes and expressed their thoughts about how Toby impacted their lives during the course of her 20 years on this physical earth, before she was taken from our midst on August 3, 2007 (the 19th of Menacham Av 5767). This is an opportunity to recount all of these expressions and memories in one central location, and to discover new ways in which Toby had a positive effect on people’s lives.
As with everything in Judaism, our stories and experiences should not remain abstract concepts and distant memories, but should energize us to become better people and to refine the world around us with more good deeds. This will in turn elevate Toby’s neshama (soul) to even greater heights in the spiritual worlds. Likewise, a person on one’s birthday is imbued with tremendous power to give blessings to all those who are close to them, which derives from the extra “push” that was needed on their original birthday to convince the lofty soul to enter into a body and embark on their mission in life. As Toby’s family knows, she was so eager to enter into the world on April 3, 1987 that she barely made it past the emergency room door of Mt. Sinai Hospital before she flew into our lives. May all those who are close to Toby receive the blessings they need both materially and spiritually, and above all the ultimate blessing in the month of Nissan with the coming of Moshiach.