Thursday, September 1, 2011

Elul is here!

Well I've been away from my computer for the zman, my kids were home, bored and who can concentrate on blog writing!?
I wanted to share some things about Elul, Rosh Hoshannah is right around the corner and and we were given the month of Elul to prepare for Yom Hadin. Hashem has been making the need for Teshuva loud and clear with an earthquake felt in Israel (ok little ones but still) an earthquake on the Eastern side of the US and then again with the hurricane. All in a very auspicious time for the Jewish people. We Jews know that there are no coincidences and no mere "acts of nature". Every thing is a sign from above, and those among us who are tuned in know that when bad things happen we need to daven more, do more chesed, strengthen our emunah and do teshuvah! My friend and neighbor told me that every day of Elul one should do teshuvah and cheshbon nefesh. Look inside ourselves and see what needs fixing, where we messed up, who we wronged, how we could have acted with more kindness to another person, given someone the benefit of the doubt, helped someone else in need, or just been more careful with observance of halacha. If we really try and call out to Hashem and ask for forgiveness and strength to do better next time and feel it for real, our judgement will be lessened during the Yomim Noraim. It's time to clean it up and come closer to our Abba... He misses us!

I just received an e-mail I wanted to share with you (please include the names in your tefillot or Tehillim);
 
Dear Friend,
As Rosh Chodesh Elul approaches, the Gates of Heaven are opening even wider for our tfillot, as Hashem's Children!
The following information is based on updates from OneFamily case workers who are visiting the victims wounded in the most recent attacks, in hospitals and at their homes.
Please find below the names and short description of the survivors from recent terrorist attacks, who need our tfillot and much Rachmei Shamayim.
Wishing us all a meaningful Yom Kippur Katan, and chodesh tov u'mevorach, filled with Chasdei Hashem and bsorot tovot!!!
fabia ; )
 
- Tel Aviv - on August 28:
Albert ben Miriam is a soldier in compulsory service who immigrated from France in 2002. He was run over at the police roadbloack and suffered serious injuries to his legs and head. He underwent surgery and is sedated in the intensive care unit.
Or ben Mali is a soldier in compulsor service. He was run over byat the police roadblock and suffered serious head injuries. He underwent surgery and is sedated in the intensive care unit.
Naor ben Nava is an officer in the border police. He was injured when the car rammed the roadblock, and suffered serious injuries to the neck and head. He underwent surgery and is now sedated in the intensive care unit.
- Southern, near Eilat - on August 18:
Gal ben Smadar suffered shrapnel injuries to his legs and has had pins inserted to stabilize his legs. He was moved from intensive care to the orthopedic ward on Monday (August 22). His condition has stabilized, but he has a long recovery ahead of him.
Guy ben Rina was released from hospital on Sunday and is recovering at home.
Chagai ben Rachel suffered shrapnel injuries to his arms. His condition is stable, and doctors expect to release him from hospital before the weekend.
Matan ben Ayelet was released from hospital on Sunday and is recovering at home.
Sagi ben Chana suffered shrapnel injuries to his arms and is in stable condition in hospital. He will be moved to the rehab ward within the next few days.
- from rocket attack in Ashdod - on August 19:
Shmuel Ze'ev Shimon ben Esther Chaya suffered damage to his internal organs. He has undergone a number of operations and had one kidney removed. He was injured on his birthday.
Yitzchak Meir ben Malka Leah suffered injuries and internal bleeding in the lungs.
Eitan ben Chana suffered moderate injuries to his upper limbs. Doctors hope to release him from hospital before the weekend.
Antonina bat Sara suffered a broken pelvis and had surgery to repair the damage.
- Seriously injured in the GRAD rocket attack in Beer Sheva - on August 20:
Adel Leah bat Chaviva was critically injured in the rocket attack. Rav Ovadia Yosef added the name Leah to her name. She suffered injuries to his abdomen and remains in intensive care.
Eliyahu ben Masouda is Adel's father. He suffered injuries to his arms and leg. Doctors hope to release him from hospital before the weekend.
Chaviva bat Mazal is Adel's mother. She suffered injuries to her legs. Doctors hope to release her from the hospital before the weekend.
Zehava bat Chana suffered serious injuries to her limbs, and required surgery to replace bones and nerves. She will require prolonged rehabilitation.
Penina bat Itta was moderately injured in her limbs.
Lior ben Esther suffered shrapnel and burn injuries to his legs and back, and damage to his circulatory system.
Netanel ben Anna lost a leg in the attack. Doctors are still trying to save his second leg, after serious injuries to his circulatory system. Netanel will be moved to the rehab unit within the next few days.

- Civilians injured in the Jerusalem bombing - on March 23:
Natan Daniel ben Shulamit - a 17-year-old student who is in serious condition. He suffered massive internal injuries and has had a number of internal organs removed. He also suffered serious injuries to the neck and shoulder. He was released from the hospital on April 4, but is still in a lot of pain, and will need more operations and about 6 months of physiotherapy. Natan requires periodic hospitalization to ensure against infections and monitor his recovery, as well as prolonged physiotherapy and preparation for future surgery.
Odelia Nechama bat Michal - suffered very serious head and upper body injuries and burns. She is still sedated, in a coma and on a respirator. She was transferred to a long-term care facility, and has since been back and forth between the facility and the hospital for more surgery and tracking against infections. Her family is begging for continued prayers for her.
David ben Janette - David is the owner of the snack stand next to the bus stop. He told everyone to run away and then called the police, and was on the phone with them when the bomb exploded. He suffered injuries to his legs and feet and lower body. David has returned home and remains in pain, but is recovering slowly.
Shilo ben Zehava Ofra - Shilo is 15 years old, and suffered burns and fractures to his legs and lower abdomen. He is recovering in the hospital. He is in a lot of pain and suffering from very serious post-trauma. He has been moved to the physiotherapy department for continued treatment.
 
 -Ester Riva