Link Kollel Holds Special Asifa of Divrei Hisorrerus In Memory of the Three Kidoshim

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By Eli Stern

Link Kollel

On Monday evening June 30, a few scant hours after the shocking and
horrific news from Eretz Yisroel of the murders of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad
Shaar and Eyal Yifrach Hy”d, the LINK Kollel in Los Angeles organized an
evening of reflection and hisorrerus.

Nearly 100 people crowded into the LINK Beis Medreash on short notice to
hear penetrating words from Rabbis Eli Stern and Daniel Weinstock {Rabbi
Asher Brander, LINK’s Rosh Kollel, was enroute to Eretz Yisroel at that
moment}.Several chapters of Tehilim were also recited for the safety of
Klal Yisroel in the Holy Land.

The shock of hearing of the murders- after 18 intense days of tefilla and
maisim tovim that had unified all segments of Klal Yisroel- left many people
looking for a measure of comfort and direction. Rabbi Stern stressed that
no sincere tefillos or tears are left completely unanswered. Whether in
allowing the bodies to be recovered for a proper burial or in helping
the neshamos of the Kedoshim ascend to even greater heights in Gan Eden or
in helping Klal Yisroel in so many other ways, the copious tefillos were not
in vain. Indeed, it now became clear that the boys had been killed before
Klal Yisroel was even notified of their plight; thus the davening was
ultimately never about saving their lives but about edifying our own and
creating an unprecedented unity amongst the Jewish people.

The main point he stressed was that this was a wake-up call for all of us –
we can’t proceed with business as usual. Everyone was encouraged to
introspect and find some area of self-improvement. In addition, he announced
that LINK was undertaking a Siyum Shas Mishnayos in memory of the three
boys, in time for the Sheloshim and many signed up on the spot for learning
one of the 64 tractates.

Rabbi Weinstock said we should take the inspiration from this
moment and commit it to action without procrastination. He related a
poignant and moving story of a man estranged from his erstwhile religious
son, endeavoring to reach him – after years of no contact- before the
father passed away. The effort was futile and the son only found out later
that the father had passed away. The son felt regret that he had not
attempted to reconcile with his father during all those years, all the while
moving very far away from the Yiddishkeit he was raised in. Rabbi Weinstock
urged his listeners to make choices that would enable their inspiration to
last into the future and to do it without delay.

After Tehilim, the program concluded with a heartfelt rendition of Maariv.