One-Year-Old Drowns in Northern Israel: Menuchah Rachel Vaspi a”h


candle-small4A one-year-old girl from Yesod Hamaa’aleh in northern Israel drowned to death today after falling into a rubber pool that had filled with rain water.  Magen David Adom rescue services were called to the scene and attempted to revive the toddler, but they were eventually forced to pronounce her dead.The circumstances under which the child drowned are currently under investigation, and it is still unclear where her parents were at the time of her death. The Rosh Pina police have begun investigating the situation.

The toddler, Menuchah Rachel Vaspi, was a daughter of Einav and Anat Vaspi, members of the Lubavitch community in Yesod Hamaaleh. She slipped and drowned in a rubber boat that stood abandoned in her backyard garden and was filled with rain.

{Yair Israel/Haaretz}


  1. When a tragedy of this magnitude hits klal yisroel there’s always three things that must be addressed. The first to be ‘mishtatef ‘in the pain of another yid – one cannot imagine what this family is going through. And second to strengthen our ‘emunah’ in H-shem and realize that after all is said, it only happened because that was the rotzoin of Hashem and that everything Hashem does is for the good. And thirdly one has to be very careful not to speak negative or badly about Hashem that how could he to this or even to say every day another tragedy or what’s next, as if to imply that all is bad and all is wrong c”v. WHEN A PERSON IS A TRUE PERSON OF FAITH & TRUST IN HASHEM. HE GETS TO BE THE HAPPIEST PERSON IN THE WORLD. This is a nisayon for the parents in bitachon & emunah in hashem (just like aharon hakohen when his children died he was quiet & had faith in Hashem…). If its not possible for a person to pass a test from Hashem he is not given the test. Its a time like this that one has to remind oneself of all the ‘hatovah’ and all the chesed that H-shem does for all of us ALL the time.
    Every person has a job to fulfill in this world. now the child has done his job & is ready to go to the olam ha’emes (true world)& you two special people (parents) were the chosen agents of Hashem to take care of this child. May hashem reward you for this.& may his neshama have an aliyah & your lives be filled with only Simcha.

  2. to Moshe i am sorry to hear that, but this is the truth.

    someone once told me how many young & accident funerals he went to & told me that while everyone is crying over the loss of the child & everyone effected because of it HE is crying because klal yisroel still has not woken up & does not take these sad occasions as a wake up call for us to do Teshuva & return to Hashem. We each convince our mind that it was an accident or it was coincidence etc… but we all know the truth.

    these kind of things happening & people being Niftar at young ages or in strange ways R”L are all wake up calls to klal yisroel that we only care about ourselves, but when it comes to helping/caring for another yid then i cannot help you.
    with that being the case, each time tragedy strikes Hashem has the same question-for each person separately-now you have woken up, now you are crying at this baby’s levaya R”L but when we hear of someone else in tragic cases… we dont care. hashem then wants to know if we will wake up now to help others or do we need another tragic WAKE-UP call from hashem C”V to care for one another?