Dear Matzav readers,
Understandably, the major focus of the Har Nof tragedy was on those whose lives were immediately lost to us. Nevertheless, we cannot lose sight of the fact that there are families whose entire future is still very much hanging in the balance. Both Eitan ben Sarah and Chaim Yechiel ben Malkah are still in the ICU of Hadasa Ein Karem hospital (I just got off the phone with the Gabbai of Rav Rubin’s Shul who confirmed this). Their suffering, along with all those that were wounded, and that of their families, ought to be understood by us as just as much on behalf of all of Klal Yisrael as those whose lives were immediately taken.
As such, we really ought to be davening for them with our all. Yes, it is hard to do this. It is uncomfortable to live with pain, and we prefer to forget and move on. But what an incredible tragedy that would be.
The almanos of the four kedoshim implored us to increase our sense of achdus. Well, perhaps the extent to which we do, or c”v do not, daven for those that are still in such a precarious situation, is the litmus test of whether or not we are rallying to that call.
If people in your Shul or minyan do not know this information, step forward (with the permission of the Gabbai) and announce this information right before saying a perek of Tehillim. It is much easier for people to put their heart into their davening when they know specifically what they are davening for.
May Chaim Yechiel ben Malka and Eitan ben Sarah have a refuah shleimah b’karov b’soch sh’ar cholei Yisrael.