My Blog – Reflections on the kidnapping of Eliyahu Asheri HY”D

For some us, recent events have us in a déjà vu that forces itself to come back because of mistakes made by own government in letting murdering terrorists with Jewish blood on their hands roam the streets of Israel freely.

Eight years ago, when my son was just turning eighteen, someone else’s son, his best friend, was kidnapped and murdered. His name was Eliyahu Asheri and he was a tsaddik. He had become very pious, unusually so for a boy his age. He was on his way to Yeshiva, hitchhiking there as the norm was and is an integral way of life for the people that live in Yehuda and Shomron. When this tragedy happened it was almost too much to bear; we were crushed under the weight of bereavement from other murders of our own friends and neighbors as a result of the Oslo accords when the Israeli government prodded by the American State Department had given over the weapons that killed them.

In a response to his utter sorrow at the brutal killing of his friend, Eliyahu, our son began training day and night, like my father had done as a young sole survivor in Poland before he joined the partisans. He ran up and down mountains, learned the terrain of the rocky boulders, pushed himself past the point of exertion to become a soldier in an elite unit of the Israeli army. This effort is a micro in a macro of Am Yisrael’s reaction to the kidnapping of its three boys, Gilad, Eyal, and Naftali. We are put into an adrenaline of action, turning over every stone, pulling up any carpet hiding an underground torture chamber in a seemingly normal Arab home.

As we collect as a nation, pray together, do together, strengthen together, we must also fight the system that continues to let the monsters out and that harm our children. Recently my grandson asked me why King David had a sword and shield. While considering my words on how to answer him I pondered how malchut is the only sphere that is inactive on an esoteric level, yet kingship is associated through the battles it wages to bring justice to Israel and the world, I said King David is a proud Jewish King who restores peace to Israel and prepares the final steps for building a home for the Shechina by destroying our enemies. Only then will we be able to sit back and relax like true kings.

We take consolation in our prophets and what they have to say about the final days and have to know that their words, coupled with our actions will make the words come true. Amos 9:14, 15- “And I will bring again the captivity of my people, Israel and they shall build the wastelands and inhabit them and shall plant vineyards they shall also make gardens and eat the fruit of them – and I will plant them upon THEIR LAND and they be no more pulled up out of the Land which I have given them.”

“Thus says Hashem: “I will watch quietly from my dwelling place—like dry heat after a rain, or as a cloud of dew on a hot harvest.” Isaiah 18:4

asheri1-213x300[1]Shabbat Shalom, Leah Goldsmith

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