The Levaya is over. The lights have been turned off. There was an eerie moonlight glow over the cemetery. The feeling of knowing I was standing only a few feet from Leiby A”H who just yesterday we were all searching for is gut wrenching.
At first I thought it was because of the crowds that I would be ashamed to cry. Then I thought it was out of pride and the “tough guy” attitude there is about men. But then as the crowds dispersed I just stood there, staring, staring at a plot of earth with a marker. And then it struck me why I couldn’t cry. Part of me was Happy, Happy you may ask? Yes happy indeed. I was B’simcha knowing that this young child Leib’le A’H was able to create a sense of achdus amongst us.
I don’t think anyone can put an exact # of people that were searching for him. The news estimated that there were over 10 thousand people at Leiby’s levaya. Thousands of people were searching for Leiby A”H – and nobody stopped anyone to see which Bobov, Satmar, or Skvere you were from. Nobody said hey you aren’t wearing a velvet yarmulka you can’t help us. Perhaps we now see what can accomplish when we are ONE!
The cries continue to ring in my ears LEIBY LEIBY DID ANYONE SEE LEIBY?
I did!! I saw him in every one of the thousands of people that came out to search for him. I saw him in everyone’s face at the levaya. I see that his story had an impact on every one of us in some way.
We are one people with a tremendous drive to help one another. Please if there is at least one lesson from this story is that we should stick together always & not let petty things get in the way. Life is too short to fill it with fights.
In this Zechus may we be zoche to see the coming of moshiach b’karov mamish!
Boruch Dayan Emes Leiby A”H You should be a malitz yosher for all of us.