Op-Ed: How Will Leiby Change Us?


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Dear Readers,

The recent calamity that took place in our community has had a permanent effect on each and every one of us without exception. In one way or other we were all embarrassed, inspired or traumatized by the last week’s inexplicable cold-blooded murder of an innocent young boy by one of our own.

Klal Yisroel is a nation of “rachmonim” as was displayed throughout Leiby’s disappearance, and the crime committed was the antithesis of our in-borne nature as we know it. In fact, I wonder how many acts of this magnitude has taken place among our own people since Pilegesh B’givah thousands of years ago. Despite the uncharacteristic and unprecedented nature of this act, the chillul Hashem is undoubtedly enormous.

One of the most powerful social tools in this tech savvy era is the common frum blog site. With it we have the right to read the news and openly express our views and varying opinions. Naturally, at times opinions vary, and flaring passions are almost tangible. At times, there are many people who read the blog “comments” who are not necessarily from our community, and there is perhaps room to wonder what they think of us as a people. That said I would like to make a suggestion. Perhaps now is the time for us to take revenge at this tremendous chillul Hashem. We know that the only way to be miskaper on chillul Hashem is through Kiddush Hashem. Why don’t we use this blog to promote Kiddush shem shomaim right here on this site?

My soul is screaming that as a nation we must now be mekadesh Shem Shomaim to counterattack what has happened. Perhaps it is time to be mekabel a small act of Kiddush shem shomaim here on this blog. Writing it down on the comments will strengthen the commitment, and perhaps inspire others to follow suit as well. We have seen hundreds of comments regarding all different issues, how many comments of Kiddush Hashem can we generate here? The act can be something regarding the way we drive, talk on our cell phones, or anything that each one of us feels we can improve the way we are viewed by the “velt”. 

May it be a zechus for little Leiby’s (A”H) pure neshama, and may we merit to see the geulah soon.

Submitted to YWN by M.N.

NOTE: The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of YWN.



  1. I would like to share a story of the first kiddush ahshem that just took place.

    A parent going to menachem ovel at the Kletzky’s home said over that his son since 3 years old for some odd reason refused to wear tzitis. When this now 9 year old also with the same name Leiby heard what happened to leiby Kletsky told his mother that he wants to now wear tzitis and promises not to take it off.

    if anyone doubts this story please call Reb Matizyahu Soloman who shared the story while being menachem ovel.

    The story is the most incredible story I have heard in a long time.

  2. perhaps it will bring klal yisroel to TESHUVA

    Hashem is waiting for Klal yisroel to wake up & do teshuva
    During the month of june 2011-over the time of 2 weeks-3 tzaddikim, from 3 different corners of the world left to the Olam Haemes (true world) & they’re names are Harav Yitzchok Dov Koppelman ZT”L from Europe, Harav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz ZT”L from Eretz Yisroel & Harav Chaim Stein ZT”L from the U.S.A. When a tragedy like this strikes the world everyone is asking what is the message from Hashem?. The RAMCHAL in Sefer Derech Hashem quotes, when klal yisroel is in a state of Sinning R”L, suffering & pain may be imposed upon a tzaddik as an atonement for his entire generation. In doing so the Tzaddik is raised to a level of leadership in Gan eden. When THREE tzaddikim are niftar in a matter of two weeks, Hashem is already on the level of begging klal yisroel to just start Teshuva & show a sign of remorse & repentance so that it does not need to continue Chas V’shalom on to a fourth tzaddik.
    These 3 Tzaddikim (above) were not enough. so this time Hashem sent a DIFFERENT KIND of tzaddik-a boy at the age of 8 R”L who has not sinned yet-to wake us all up to come to teshuva & STOP KEEP ON PUSHING IT OFF will this be enough or will it need to continue? that is up to all of us

  3. Plus Rav Sarna from Hevron Yeshiva and now Rav Abba Dunner.
    Lets all have ahavas Yisrael leading up to Tisha B’Av and may Hashem change that day from mourning to a Festival as HE

  4. You are so right #2.It is time to look at our every day life and not just take it for granted. I heard this past Shabbos from Rav Wilner in Monsey,NY who spoke eloquently by bringing a story of two ladies talking to each other and the radio was on in the background and all of a sudden one of the ladies started to burst out in tears and cried. The other lady said why are you crying and the lady responded by saying “Didn’t you just hear on the radio an announcement that a soldier was just hurt” and the other lady said “You mean to say every time you hear some bad news you cry”. And her response was ” Why you don’t”. We have been so accustomed to some bad news on a daily basis, happening around us, that it does not effect us like it is supposed to. We are Hakodesh Boruch Hu’s chosen people and we are to cry whether we hear about a tzunami in China, an earthquake in Japan, a mudslide in Chile, certainly when we hear that another missile was fired into our land of Eretz Yisroel, and what about a gruesome story that unfortunately we in our own community were all effected by. We must make some changes in our lives and feel the pain of others as that is what a true yiddishe person is all about. All acts of Shomayim are lessons for us. May we hear of no more stories and may Ribono Shel Olom bring the Moshiach Tzidkeinu very very soon.

  5. It wont change us at all, we’ll be sad for a while, but then the story will be forgotten. Everyone will move on with their lives and the minutia of the Jewish life cycle that dominates discussion and disection will go on as if nothing ever happened.

    It’s not a criticisim but it’s just human nature