After what happened this week to that poor little boy, I, and many people that I know, are feeling frustrated and saddened by the senselessness and horror.
These past couple of days I’ve felt guilty for making a small joke, or playing with my boys, or being frustrated by their normal antics. How is it that I can smile, laugh and enjoy myself, or have the chutzpah to be annoyed with my kids, when there is a family, and indeed, a community, who are utterly devastated right now?
As I was saying brachos and Shemonah Esrei, I was thinking about the words, and wondering why Hashem let this horrible thing happen. I know that I’m not going to get any answers, or at least any easy ones. It’s not the kind of news story that just fades away easily. This has shaken many people on a very fundamental level. I can’t even really express any of the emotions without resorting to clichés.
Anyways, I wanted to post some links that I found helpful or comforting:
- On Aish.com, there’s a poignant article in memory of Leiby Kletzky
- There’s also an article on Coping with Tragedy in Borough Park on chabad.org
- And then there’s a note from a friend of a friend on Facebook, from a speech by Rabbi Eisenman from Passaic.
If anyone knows of any additional articles or words of comfort, I would appreciate if you could leave them in the comments section.
Also, please take the time to email a condolence email to the Kletsky family at this address: Leibykeltsky [dot] letters [at] gmail.com. They will get the notes to the Kletskys, and are hoping to have over 10,o00 letters before Shabbos.
Have a good Shabbos, everyone, and give your kiddos and loved ones an extra squeeze in gratitude.
- Leiby Kletzky mourned at funeral (nydailynews.com)
- Leiby Kletzky: Funeral For Borough Park Boy Draws Thousands In Brooklyn (huffingtonpost.com)