Many of you may have read about a 13-year-old boy who was involved in a horrific incident yesterday when he was accidentally struck by a baseball bat in his school. There are over 100 comments at the end of a post at the Lakewood Scoop about the young boy.
Reading through them gives one an idea of how Jews come together at a time of unfortunate circumstance and pray for the well being of someone they consider their brother.
One person suggested started a Tehillim chain - the boy needs our prayers.
Many volunteered to say chapters of Tehillim until the entire sefer Tehillim was said. No sooner had that been done when another person started round 2 of saying sefer Tehillim again.
Another person committed to saying five chapters of Tehillim, as well as giving money to charity and dedicating half an hour of Torah study for "this tayerer zisser bochur who I don’t know who he is."
Someone else wrote that she was crying and praying. A person in Australia related that they recited "Tehillim betzibbur" for the boy.
Perhaps the most poignant comment was the following one.
I heard from a Rebbi in the yeshiva that just this afternoon he had a solo in the purim mesiba and sang “v’zakeini l’gadel banim…”. Please Hashem save him so that he may be zoche to live, be well, and raise a family!!
The comments show people that cry for a brother, even if they don't know who he is. It shows how people all over the world unite in prayer and good deeds in the merit of a positive outcome. These are people who, even not in an election year, can be counted on to demonstrate in action how, "when the chips are down, I've got your back."
This show of unity will not make the news. No one will be invited on a television show to focus on the positive aspects. Only those seeking to disparage or ridicule need apply.
But for me, I was warmed by the coming together of our brethren. Ashreichem Yisrael.