Leiby Kletzky was laid to rest yesterday, Hashem sent a clear message with a rare full rainbow over Brooklyn. Rainbows became a symbol since the time of Noach and the Great Flood.
After the Flood and the deliverance of Noach and his family, G-d shows Noach the rainbow in the clouds as a sign of His covenant with mankind that He will never again bring a deluge to destroy them (Beraishit 9:8-17).
It's a calling to do tshuva, repent. We can not fathom at all in our tiny minds why or how something like this could happen to a sweet, naive little boy, who only wanted to show that he was responsible enough to walk home by himself. What parent doesn't want their child to be independent? But at the same time we worry for their safety. And children especially aren't expecting that someone from their own community a "religious" person could hurt them. We tell our kids, if you're ever lost or need help always ask another Jew. Well now we are all taking stock and thinking again about that advice.
I think that the rainbow came out yesterday not only because of the loss of this sweet neshama, but also because he was murdered by a Jew. None of us ever thought this was possible.
The mercy of Hakadosh Boruch Hu is endless, but we as a people needed a reminder, especially at this time, that we can only rely on Him. "Boruch Dayan Emet", blessed is the True Judge. He gives and He takes. He decides when and how. Everything He does is good even when we cant understand. That is why we say "Blessed is the True Judge". But If we repent and come to Him. If we cry to Abba, and ask Him to forgive us and help us correct our wrongs, we wont know from this type of suffering and we can mitaken the wrong that happened to Leiby. It's hard to realize in the throws of loss and the feelings of injustice and pain, and all the anger and horror that surrounded this tragedy, that it isn't up to us. Leiby finished his tikkun. He is in Shemayim, straight to the top. It's up to us down here to hear the message. Sometimes it's subtle. Sometimes it rocks the world. If you don't hear it when it rocks the world...
Please take this opportunity to think about something you can do to make things better. To right the wrong. Take on another mitzvah, improve yourself and your relationship with Hashem. Something small that you can do, without a neder (vow), for the aliyat neshama of Leiby, Yehuda Ben Nachman .
My heartfelt condolences to the Kletzky family.
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