The levayos for Yisroel Levin z”l and Elisheva Kaplan took place Erev Yom Tov. With great strength, R Shaya Levin, the father of Yisroel z”l, was maspid his son and gave chizzuk to everyone reeling from the tragic crash.
“On Pesach the children take the afikomen”, R’ Shaya began. “They spend a whole night guarding over it. Finally the father wants the matzo back. He questions the child to make sure it stayed pure — no chometz — and then demands it back. But the child won’t give it back without being promised an afikomen present.
“A child is like the matzo pure and free of chometz; the yetzer hora. His whole life he tried to make sure it stayed that way…sending him to the best yeshivos etc. Now Hashem wants his matzo back.
Turning to the Heavens, R’ Shaya cried, “Hashem, I am willing to give you the matzo back but I have the right to ask for an afikomen present! For my afikomen I want 10,000 shidduchim for both boys and girls in Klal Yisroel, 10,000 refuah shlaimas in Klal Yisroel and Siyata Sishmaya for 10,000 Yidden who need yeshuos in the area of emunah and bitachon!”
Umacha Hashem dimah me’al kol ponim.