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Three Brothers' Miracle

Posted 30/7/2014

By Inna-Rina Rogatchi © 2014

 

 

Inna Rogatchi. Triple Joy. (C) 2014

Inna Rogatchi. Triple Joy © 2014

The Jewish nation's appearance and sustained existence over six millennia is a miracle. Jewish history over this span of time and in spite of repeated methodical annihilation efforts is a miracle. There is no single Jewish life without a miracle.

Miracles are an essential part of our belief; it is a gem of Jewish folklore. It is a source of our hope in the dark, and it is a gift to our dreams. And we know why: because these miracles are true.

The day after the entirety of the Israeli population, Jews all over the world and people with their hearts in the right place were grieving over the funeral of three Israeli boys who were laid down to rest in the Modin cemetery at the ages of sixteen and nineteen, a Jewish woman in New York gave birth to boy-triplets.

The woman whose name is Miriam Yocheved Cohen named her sons Eyal YosefGillad Menachem, and Naftali Chaim, with their first names being named after those teenagers that will be remembered in the history of Israel as 'our boys'.

The woman's own name is very telling too: Miriam and Yocheved are not 'only' Moses' sister and mother, but they are known as the heroic midwives who were secretly and devotedly saving the lives of Jewish boys despite the pharaoh's edict to eliminate every new-born Jewish male.

The heart-breaking triple funeral in Modin took place on the same day as a mass of followers of Chassidism attended a special memorial ceremony in New York, at the grave of the Lubavitch Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneersoncommemorating the 20th anniversary of him passing away. The 3d of Tammuz in the Jewish calendar, which is a very special day in the Chassidic world, has now become also a day of sorrow and remembrance for the three young lives cut so short and cruelly, for the whole of Israel and all Jews in Diaspora.

Following what was going on in Modin during that day, crying amidst that ocean of tears in Modin, I was thinking that all those thousands of people at the Rebbe's grave in New York were thinking and praying for the souls of our boys who were laid down to rest in the land of Israel at the same time. I was sure that everyone there and all of them together were thinking about Eyal, Gillad and Naftali and their families. I only did not know how many people would be at the Rebbe's Ohel (grave-site) in New York. There were more than one hundred thousand.

The next day Miriam Yochebed Cohen bore her boy-triplets in New York and named them as she did.

The answer to the prayers of all those many thousands of people in Israel and all over the world for all of those 18 tormenting days in June, and after the tragic end of the search, has become as a life-winning one in the most astounding way. This is what I call the Three Brothers' Miracle.

At the time of the boys' funeral, my husband told me that he was terrified to think about the coming Shabbat at the Sha'arsYifrachs and Frenkels observant homes. He was right; it is just really absolutely tragic even to imagine it. The only more terrible thought in my mind was the picture which will stay with me forever, of the three fathers reciting Kaddish for their young sons laying two meters from them wrapped inside Israeli flags. My only wish is that Jewish people would never ever have had a Kaddish like that one.

But now, with the three baby boys coming from their mother's womb, Miriam Yochebed, the three Jewish brothers Eyal Yosef, Gillad Menachem and Naftali Chaim have come into This World and the coming Shabbat will be a less heavy one in the homes of the Sha'ar, Yifrach and Frenkel families. And for all of us.

Shabbat Shalom!

Inna Rogatchi

July 3, 2014

Dr Inna-Rina Rogatchi is the author, and president of The Rogatchi Foundation – www.rogatchi.org

 

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