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.



Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

Comfort From Heaven

Waterfalls-032814

Water: a fluid with life-giving force, a thin liquid even a trickle of which can assure survival. Crops, fields, land, people – we all need water. We need water for growth, for purity, for beauty, for subsistence.

What do we do when water sources are depleted? We have learned not to behave like the young nation that turned on its leader, Moshe, and angered him with their cries and demands for water.

Instead, we turn to the Master of the Heavens, the Almighty who holds the key to the door for that miraculous source, for the water that disappeared upon Miriam’s death – from be’er Miriam, the well that followed the children of Israel through their journey in the desert.

When the well was withdrawn, our people learned to raise their voices in unison, in song and prayer, with faith that Hashem would answer their pleas.

Water. Bottles of water, held by young and old, sipped slowly under the hot sun. Thousands of mourners from Am Yisrael, rushing down the mountain like a waterfall, filling the cemetery at Modiin.

Standing in silence, then in song, waiting for the bodies of our three holy martyrs, Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali, Hashem yikom damam. Waiting to hear more words, as if the words already spoken throughout the afternoon had not fully satiated; as if all the words and all the prayers – eighteen days of prayer, hope, and song – hadn’t cleansed, hadn’t purified, hadn’t prepared us for these final moments.

Water…their words filled us like water, every drop renewing inspiration, every drop quenching our thirst. Three mothers sharing portions of that be’er, each one inviting us to drink deeply from the words of David HaMelech, to read another perek Tehillim, to do another good deed; each one emerging in biblical proportion, denoting modesty, love, strength, devotion, voicing their shira, their gratitude, to all who helped in the effort to bring back the boys.

It takes incredible strength and outstanding character for a mother to eulogize her murdered son, to stand in the burning sun and thank the entire Nation of Israel for its support and for its prayers, to feel the tremendous chesed Hashem had wrought, returning sons, even for burial.

“Their return was chesed, not to be taken for granted,” Rachel cried as she eulogized. Not all Jewish sons have returned to kevurah b’Yisrael. Some are still on that terrible Missing In Action list.

The cup we held that morning was filled with tears. Eighteen days of tears –the number 18, equivalent to life, seemingly a lifetime of tears. And that cup will never be emptied. It springs from a well, from that original be’er. It springs from biblical Rachel who waits for all her sons to return and present-day Racheli, a wellspring of inspiration. It springs from Bat Galim, daughter of ocean waves, to Iris, the flower that grows from the spring.

These names belong to the three mothers, the three women who have showered our hearts with love and praise for the Almighty and with their message of hope and charity, but mostly with unity.

They assured and comforted during their most difficult hours, and now it is our turn – we mothers and grandmothers – to bring comfort to these women, to their husbands and families, to assure them that their trust and faith were not in vain.

Min hashamyim tenachamu. May you be comforted from heaven.

About the Author: Faigie Heiman is an accomplished short-story and essay writer and the author of a popular memoir titled “Girl For Sale.” Born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, she has lived in Israel for more than fifty years.


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 “Comfort From Heaven”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Peace partners for hate: Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (R) and chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.
PA Chief Negotiator Compares Netanyahu with ISIS
Latest Indepth Stories

In the recent Gaza war and its aftermath, we saw a totally illogical reaction from the world.

champions

A., a teacher: “I do not know a single Gazan who is pro-Hamas at the moment, except for those on its payroll.”

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.

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

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 […]

More Articles from Faigie Heiman
President Reuven Rivlin

The president’s message was one of living peacefully in a Jewish and democratic state, Jews of all stripes unified as brothers, with Arabs or citizens of other religions.

Waterfalls-032814

Water: a fluid with life-giving force, a thin liquid even a trickle of which can assure survival. Crops, fields, land, people – we all need water. We need water for growth, for purity, for beauty, for subsistence. What do we do when water sources are depleted? We have learned not to behave like the young […]

Beautiful Site, Joy of all the Earth; two of the seventy names provided for Jerusalem.

Beautiful Site, Joy of all the Earth; two of the seventy names provided for Jerusalem.

At age 104, my mother was still concerned about her relationship with Hashem.

Erev Yom Ha’Atzmaut, 2012: As I return from a visit to my elderly mother in the northern part of Jerusalem, the bus winds its way through ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods. The stone buildings along the route are colorless shades of sand and grey, some new, some old and blackened with age. Men and women rush through busy streets, expressions of pain and joy, helpless and hopeful looks defining their faces.

Turning on the news Thursday night, I expected to hear the wretched daily tally of Kassam/Grad rockets shot from Gaza to into Sderot or Ashkelon; instead, breaking news streamed across the screen about a terror attack taking place that very moment at Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav.

Zaida’s presence follows me on my early morning walks to the park. Sometimes I imagine indulging in conversation, asking him what happened to those wondrous days following the Six-Day War, when the entire country belonged to us and our biggest problem was how to fill the vast areas that had fallen into our hands with Jews.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/comfort-from-heaven/2014/07/10/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: