[Reader Submitted] Baruch Dayan Haemes. Our hearts and hopes are shattered! The brutal tragedy that has befallen our people is overwhelming. It hurts so much! The Kiddush Hashem, the unification, the enormous display of dedication from different communities, from different types – all coming together is incredible! We as a People have so much heart, so much compassion!! People gave tremendously of their time, money and energy (they couldn’t ordinarily spare!) in the hope of helping a fellow yid.
Dear Friends: We cannot comprehend the Plan of the Ribono Shel Olam, yet we can absorb the obvious facts. We have proven ourselves. We CAN be unified, and loving and caring. WE KNOW HOW. Let us keep our energy going – let us share of our time money and energy to help yidden – whether we know who they are or not. Let us make an extra effort to speak to other yidden – family members, strangers, etc. in a way that demonstrates our gentle concern for every tzelem elokim. Let us maintain this beautiful achdus and ahavas chaveirim! Leibby a”h would want us to.
May the zechus of our efforts be a Nechoma to the Kletsky family and bring the Geulah Shleimah Bimeheira. Umacha Hashem Dimah!
I”h, Klal yisroel has to realize that we as a whole are responsible for the Tzarus that the abishter sets upon us and when we are a source of nachas tp the abishter then we have simchas and shalom. If only the administrators of the schools on Lakewood would also take this to heart and end the tzarus of all the little 4 year old girls and the high school girls that everyday languish and wait for an answer then maybe we willsee the yeshua. Lakewood is Ihr hatorah of America and we all have to come toghether and act the way he Abishter wants us too.
Teach our children not to speak to strangers , and the community as a whole should stop sheltering such people
Sometimes abusers are not strangers
I read recently a story that is frighteningly familiar to the story of Leiby a”h. A child was brutally killed and when a great Rabbi was asked why, his reply was this. This child’s neshoma was destined to leave this world at this time. As to the brutality of his death, the community was deserving to be punished as a whole. Since this neshoma was going to be returned to Hashen anyway, it” volenteered” to be a kaparah for the community. Leiby’s neshoma has fufilled it’s mission. We have to change ourselves and do teshuva so that the brutality of this crime will not be for nothing.
This was really well written! Thank you for submitting this article.
You can only teach your children what not to do so many times. This boy thought he was asking a reg. normal guy for directions! You can not know what is going on in the mind of a criminal. They are sinister and thats what makes this story so scary.
Excellent article. Let’s all remain k’ish echad b’lev echad.
When tragedies happen, it’s natural to try to find an issue and say “if only”. However, not all tragedies are preventable. Sometimes terrible things happen and it’s nobody’s fault but the perpetrator. We can only do what seems reasonable to us as responsible adults. We can’t keep our kids under their bed all day so as to protect them from all evil.
today I saw two boys about 10 or 11 years of age hitch hiking on Cross St near Eagle Ridge development. What are they thinking?
@Moshe Taking a tragedy and using it as a springboard for another issue is not only wrong but a total lack of regard and respect to the tragedy at hand!
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