web analytics
October 1, 2014 / 7 Tishri, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



Team Izzy Continues To Fight


Izzy-050214-Elmo

Back in December of 2013, The Jewish Press featured a story, “A Family’s Search for Izzy’s Mission,” about a terminally ill 3-year-old boy, and his family’s reaction to this ominous and tragic news. The author provided readers with a window into the life of Izzy Zundell. I’m going to open the front door and bring you directly into Izzy’s life. Let me introduce myself. My name is Shmuel and I am proud to be Izzy’s father.

Our story begins with a visit to the pediatrician when Izzy was nine-months-old when his pediatrician assured us that Izzy was perfectly healthy and had perfect hearing.  It moves to one Friday this past October when we a pediatric neurologist informed us that our angel was born with a progressive, irreversible and fatal genetic disorder. I remember little from the next few weeks as we attempted to gather and digest all published information on the Leukodystrophy that was consuming our child’s brain. What I do remember is our commitment to accept that everything that is decreed by Hashem is emes and just; it makes it significantly easier to digest the ramifications of this g’zar din. I proudly declare “HaShem Hu HaElokim” each and every day, with the same fervor as I do during Neilah

I continue to regard the mindsets of our nine-year-old son, Roovy, and seven-year-old daughter, Batya, as a priority.  They are both cognizant of the fact that Izzy is on loan to us, until such time that Hashem deems that he has completed his angelic mission, and takes him home to live in Hashem’s personal abode in Shamayim.

What I believe and continue to express is that Izzy’s mission in life is to begin reversing a trend that has plagued the Jewish people for thousands of years – namely to put a halt to the baseless hatred that exists within Klal Yisroel and that led to the destruction of the 2nd Bais HaMikdash. Although Gedolei HaDor for a plethora of generations have spoken about the critical need to respect, rather than to demonize, those with whom we might differ in regards to basic ethical, religious and philosophical principles, the Jewish world seems more polarized than ever before. Yet, Izzy, who is unable to utter a single audible word, has been successful in uniting Jews of all stripes and flavors, for the common cause of assisting him in his up-HILL (Help Izzy Lick Leukodystrophy) battle.

We continue to live by the mantra that the G-d who split the sea, enabling 600,000 Jews to escape the shackles of the slavery, can most certainly opt to spare the life of a single terminally ill 3-year-old child, if He so desires. However, we cannot simply expect a miracle to be wrought on Izzy’s behalf. We must always do our hishtadlus. We have, therefore, taken a two-pronged approach in dealing with this fatal disease. We have done research regarding all possible medical procedures that could potentially slow down its progression, as medical science currently has no cure. Our research has taken us to world- renowned medical experts throughout America and Europe, and it is clear that for now, the only possible treatments that could possibly halt or slow the continued regression of Izzy’s already severely limited physical and mental capacities, are either unobtainable, or have been deemed halachically impermissible to attempt.  This is because the significant risk to Izzy’s life posed by the very procedure that might perhaps be the only hope to increase his life expectancy.

The second prong of our duel approach is what I refer to as “Plan A” – to beseech Hashem to invoke Midas HaRachamim upon our resident malach.  We are, baruch Hashem, overwhelmed by the multitude of people, all across the globe, who are saying Tehillim daily for Yisroel Alter ben Chava Chana. Irrespective of the fact that medically speaking, the odds of Izzy reaching bar mitzvah are quite slim, it is only the Boreh, who is the true Rofeh Cholim, who makes these decisions, and we continue to daven that He send us a cure.

About the Author: Shmuel Zundell, a second generation contributor to the Jewish Press, was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He received a Masters in Business Administration from New York University. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife and children.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Team Izzy Continues To Fight”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
The Port of Long Beach
ZIM Shanghai Unloads at Port of Long Beach, No BDS Problems
Latest Indepth Stories
terrorists

Is the global community clear in its response to these extremist groups?

obama

Like our fabled character, Don Quixote, President Obama has constantly spawned his own reality.

Ayatollah Hossein-Kazamani Boroujerdi, in better times (left) and in his prison cell (right).

Boroujerdi was informed that “the pressures and tortures will increase until he has been destroyed.”

Senior Hamas and Fatah leaders in Gaza City on April 22. Hamas and Fatah signed a deal to establish a unity government, but since then little progress has been made.

Fatah: Hamas stole relief aid for Gaza and distributed it amongst its followers in mosques.

Can teenagers seriously be expected to behave properly when they are surrounded by so much suggestive material? Is it fair to expose them (and ourselves) to so much temptation and then tell them, “Just say no”?

Washington remains ignorant of the need to dismantle alliances with various Muslim countries.

Defeating IS requires bombing its strongholds and recognizing the violent nature of Islam.

Abbas again used the UN to attack Israel, distort history, and undermine prospects for peace.

Israel and the Palestinian Authority cannot even agree to move their clocks back on the same day.

Shemita is about relating to each other by temporarily eliminating gaps of wealth power & status

David transcended adversity to become a leader; Who are we to make excuses for a lack of greatness?

sympathy: Feeling sorrow or pity for another’s tribulations; Empathy:sharing an emotional experience

Last week the president announced a four-point plan. Unfortunately, there’s little buy-in from our European and Middle Eastern allies. Here’s my own four-point plan that may be more palatable to our allies.

Rosh Hashanah has an obvious connection to God’s Kingship. We constantly refer to Him during the Asseres Yemei Teshuvah as Melech/King. The nusach of the tefillah, referring to Rosh Hashanah as “a remembrance of the first day” (of Creation), implies a certain dimension of divine kingship operating at the time of Creation and replicated every […]

Yes, God judges, but His judgment is that of a loving father who longs for his child’s quick return.

Anti-Semitism has returned to the mainstream of European society and Israel has become its focus.

More Articles from Shmuel Zundell
Izzy-050214-Elmo

We continue to live by the mantra that the G-d who split the sea, enabling 600,000 Jews to escape the shackles of the slavery, can most certainly opt to spare the life of a single terminally ill 3-year-old child, if He so desires.

Zundell-082313

“Only a Navi or a fool can say why it occurred – and we don’t have Neviim any longer.”

Let me say at the onset that I do not consider myself to be a sufficient role model when it comes to kibbud av v’eim – the 5th commandment; I humbly acknowledge my abysmal failures and inadequate performance of this critical mitzvah. However, I do detect a perilous and alarming trend, whereby performance of this mitzvah is spiraling to its lowest levels, threatening the very essence of the foundation that has sustained us over the past five millennium.

As the expression goes, “Hashem fir zich der velt” – Hashem orchestrates all the events that occur in the world. Most of what Hashem does is hidden from us. However, on occasion something happens in such an open way, one would have to be totally oblivious to the world around him to not see the powerful display of Yad of Hashem.

Let me assure you that the purpose of this article is not to weigh in on the recent Internet Asifa (gathering) that was held at Citifield in New York. Suffice it to say, that irrespective of one’s views regarding the execution and specifics of this unprecedented event, it should be crystal clear to every sane adult that Gedolei Yisroel have brought to the forefront the perils that accompany the recent monumental advances in modern technology. It is incumbent on each and every individual to devise and implement a personal plan of action that will protect his/her family from one of the greatest dangers of the 21st century.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/interviews-and-profiles/team-izzy-continues-to-fight/2014/05/02/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: