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“This Could Have Only Been From Hakadosh Baruch Hu”

Diaspora Minister Omer Yankelevitch paid a shiva call to the family of the avreich, Reb Moshe Bergman, z’l, 24, of Manchester, England, who lost his life in the Meron disaster.

The niftar’s wife and sisters asked Yankelvitch to convey a message to the public: “We want everyone to understand that although we’re in terrible pain we know that this couldn’t have happened due to some physical factor. People say it happened because it was too crowded, that people weren’t responsible, that maybe there was a problem with the police…”

Despite our searing pain, we know that this only could have been from Hakadosh Baruch Hu. Something like this is only the Ribbon shel Oam – there’s no other reason. It was only from Hashem. Ein Od Milvado.”

The family members added that they were in Meron and witnessed how the Hatzalah members and police worked frantically to save people: “We’re not angry. This is what Hakadosh Baruch Hu wanted.”

“Moishe managed to accomplish so much in his last days. He was so excited to go to Meron. If this is what Hakadosh Baruch Hu wants, that’s what will happen. We’re not angry at anyone.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

4 Responses

  1. Something like this is only the Ribbon shel Olam – there’s no other reason which in now way absolves anyone of their חיוב of ונשמרתם מאד לנפשותיכם with precautions such as avoiding crowds of 100,000 people in space of all of 4 acres

  2. I met R’ Moshe not more than once or twice in his short life – I don’t know much about him, but he was clearly a down-to-earth, happy and popular person.
    Below is what his wife wrote, within 12 hrs of the levaya (which, had hundreds in attendance, despite being delayed until after 2am !!). Her handwritten letter was color copied and distributed, together with a photo of Moishy, and a diagram from Rabbi Falk’s sefer.

    Moshe, my husband was an איש צדיק.
    One of our first shailos we asked as a married couple was to Rav Falk זצ”ל. Moshe was very concerned about what sheitels snood need to cover exactly. We were married maybe 3 days and Moshe was busy finding out how to ensure his wife was an אשה צנועה. Rav Falk explained it to us clearly and then Moshe was happy.
    Moshe preferred I go in the street in a sheitel not to have a glamorous wife but rather a a צניעות wife. [ed. -because snoods often don’t cover the sides well enough.]
    Please, my Moshe was 24 do it for him. For the zechus of Moshe. Tuck your hairs into yor snood, cover the sides, wear a sheitel covering all your hair.
    Make Moshe happy and tell him it’s in his zechus.
    Moshe ben Meir Eliezer
    Thank you for making Moshe and me so happy.
    Shira Bergman
    ירושלים תשפ”א

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