Loneliness May Be Right Next Door

Your article on loneliness (“Millenial Loneliness”/“The Perils of Loneliness,” Hamodia Prime, Sept. 11, 2019) got me thinking.

I recently heard about a mother in my neighborhood with a number of young children at home who had to take care of something lengthy and crucial outside the home. She couldn’t leave her children alone, and her husband was unable to stay home to watch them either.

There are other women in the neighborhood who are alone for one reason or another (widowed, not yet married, divorced) or whose children are all grown and out of the house who might have some free time and love to pitch in.

How sad, I thought, that age, marital status, and whether one has kids separate people who could enrich each other’s lives. But they don’t know each other, even though they may live on the same street.

The women who are alone could use a Shabbos invitation. The mother with many young children would greatly benefit from having a little help sometimes.

A friend visiting from Israel remarked on how isolated we are here in the U.S. Her neighbors meet at the bus stop; we get into our cars. Her neighbors meet at the makolet; we drive to different supermarkets or buy online.

I see a problem, but I don’t have a solution yet. Does anyone?

G. Stein