Today Wednesday is the last day of Shiva for the parents and five sisters of Leiby Kletzky a”h. It is difficult to fathom how they were able to survive the initial days of mind wrenching sleepless anxiety while the search was on to find their beloved only son. It is even more incomprehensible how they made it through the inconceivable and shattering shock of his death and the subsequent Levayah and burial. The seven days of Shiva typically serves as a cathartic period for the mourners to come to grips with the new reality that has been presented to them. The Kletzkys received an enormous amount of Chizuk and inspiration from the non stop stream of visitors who came to offer their condolences and to impart therapeutic words of healing. In particular, it was the families who themselves have experienced the loss of a loved one, who brought an immeasurable level of comfort.
It was clear to see that it was due to their rock solid faith in the One Above and their firm belief that every occurrence on earth, even the smallest detail, is unequivocally ordained by the Master of the World. Something as life altering, such as the death of a child of a child, was unquestionably the explicit will of Hashem, although His reasons and His ways are hidden.
During the entire week of shiva Reb Nachman Kletzky and his wife Esty did not stop offering words of gratitude to each and every member of the community for all their efforts throughout the entire ordeal and for the many individuals and organizations who took a personal leadership role.
Upon rising from Shiva this morning, Reb Nachman Kletzky very poignantly declared. “Had my dear son Leiby lived he would have contributed so much good to the world. He was such a sensitive and kind soul. Now that his beautiful life was cut so short we should not allow the world to miss out. Our family wishes to establish the LEIBY KLETZKY MEMORIAL FUND to perpetuate the memory of our dear Leiby and to keep him alive in our hearts and minds. This fund would help anguished families in crisis and need, something that Leiby would have wanted to do had he been given more years of life. By making this fund a successful one we can turn the anguished cries of “Leiby, Where are you?” into the sacred reply of “I am here, helping my fellow Jews”.
Anyone wishing to express their pain, grief, and heartfelt condolences to the Kletzky family can do so by channeling it into a vital benevolent cause: the LEIBY KLETZKY MEMORIAL FUND. The fund will be under the explicit management of Nachman & Esty Kletzky and their Rov Rabbi Binyomin Eisenberger shlita.
Send your contribution to:
NACHMAN & ESTY KLETZKY
C/O RABBI BINYOMIN EISENBERGER
BROOKLYN, N.Y. 11219
OR ONLINE AT WWW.LEIBYKLETZKYMEMORIALFUND.COM.
Condolences can also be sent to the Kletzky family online.
(YWN Desk – NYC)