Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"When the Israeli Soldier Arrived in Heaven…"

When the Israeli Soldier Arrived in Heaven…

by Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu
Posted by JewishMom
This powerful and intensely moving story was written by Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu in 1974, when he was a young student at Yeshivat HaKotel, shortly after many of his classmates were tragically killed in the Yom Kippur War. With special thanks to Yedidya Meir and Sivan Rahav Meir.
And when he arrived there, in Heaven, the gate was open

And he entered inside like a regular visitor, with a sure step

And from all sides, from all over

Dozens and dozens of elderly men surrounded him


And he looked closely and he saw that those people who were surrounding him on all sides

Were people whose names he had seen in elementary school, in a book,

And he remembered that all sorts of streets were named after them.

The tsaddikim, the learned ones, the Torah scholars. And oh: there were the Patriarchs!

And all of them stood crowded and pressed together, and closed in around him from all sides,

And in their mouths was a single request, almost a prayer, “Tell, tell us how?”

How did a simple boy, an average fellow, “just a regular person”
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