VIDEO: “He would have loved to be here with all of you and enjoy this Siyum of Avos Ubanim,” Reb Shabsi Raitzik, father of Eliyahu Eliezer Raitzik A”H told the crowd at last night’s Avos Ubanim awards event.
Perhaps the most heart-wrenching moment was when Reb Shabsi, who only got up from Shivah about a week ago, pulled out his son’s Avos Ubanim card.
“He definitely did enough weeks, I have his card right here,” said Reb Shabsi, pulling out the hole-punched Avos Uabnim card brought to each week’s Learning program. “He wanted to come every single week, including Motzei Shabbos Chanukah.”
Reb Shabsi spoke about the special Neshama Eli A”H had, explaining how the 9 year old would always ask him to learn another few minutes, and another few minutes, whenever the opportunity arose.
He quoted a Gemara which stated that the Learning of the Tinokes Shel Beis Rabbon is the Torah which gives Klal Yisroel the Zcusim they need.
Eliyahu Eliezer A”H, a Talmid at Bais Aharon, was tragically Niftar on Friday Erev Purim. As a Zchus, his father had one request for the children.
“One small request, if you don’t mind, to learn a Mishnah, one Mishnah, L’Illui Nishmas Eliyahu Eliezer ben R’ Shabsi Yaakov Yosef Halevi. It would be such a tremendous Z’chus for him,” said Reb Shabsi.