Now, after the tragic shooting death of the head of the family, the wife and children of Rabbi Meir Avshalom Chai HY”D revealed the story that the family heard about 12 years ago, after he emerged from a coma, the result of a serious vehicular accident.
R’ Chai was involved in an extremely serious accident, and his condition was listed as critical, with doctors explaining he was clinically dead. He was resuscitated at least twice.
The rav emerged from his coma after about two weeks, and with his family around his bed, he explained that he was in the Olam HaEmes and returned. He told the family that in the Heavenly world, he told them “my son was born a few days ago and I want to be there to help raise him. I do not wish to leave a widow and orphan”. He went on to explain that he cried bitterly, and received the response that his request was answered, and he was returned to this world for 12 additional years. This story the family explains was told to many children, part of the rav’s tool to compel people to strengthen their faith and belief in HaKadosh Baruch Hu.
On Thursday, the day of the murder, that son marked his 12th birthday, the boy for which the father was returned to assist in raising together with his rebbitzin.
Another son, Eliyahu, 16, gave a moving hesped, explaining to honor his father’s memory; there should be increased adherence to mitzvos as well as learning Torah, not acts of revenge.
He called on the tzibur not to use sticks to beat up Arabs, but to increase Torah study and kiyum mitzvos, adding “we are human beings and we do not shoot people in the head without reason. We are human beings and this is not our way”.
Eliyahu also turned to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, to respect the dedication of the youths, the young men and women of Yehuda and Shomron.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)