This is an excerpt from JewishMom.com Newsletter:
I was planning to spend this morning with my kids at the playground, distracting them until our annual Independence Day Barbecue in Sacher Park late this afternoon.
And then at 8 AM the phone rang…
Terrible news. The oldest daughter of Yael and singer Yonatan Razel (whose hit song “VHee She’amda” I sent out right before Pesach) fell last night from the porch of their home while the family was watching Independence Day fireworks. 4-year-old Rivki Razel is now hospitalized at Hadassah Hospital in critical condition, and desperately in need of our prayers.
If you are like me, you receive a bunch of requests to pray for injured or sick people every week. Maybe you tend to ignore these requests. But this is a girl who isn’t just a name. She is the beloved daughter of the person whose music has inspired you and Jews all over the world. She is also one of my 5-year-old daughter Moriah’s dearest friends.
The Razels are an extremely special family. Rivki’s mother, Yael, comes as close as I have ever seen to the ideal of human goodness. I have known her for years, and I cannot recall having ever heard a negative word coming out of her mouth, about anything or anyone. If I pick up the phone and it is Yael Razel calling, I know for sure that it is because she is calling regarding a mitzvah–organizing a new playground for the neighborhood children, organizing Psalms for someone who is sick, planning meals for a sister-in-law who just gave birth.
For the last few years, Rivki’s father Yonatan has dedicated half his day to Torah study at a local yeshiva, and his remaining time to creating and performing music that manages on a nearly unprecedented scale to bring Israelis, secular and religious alike, closer to their Creator.
And Rivki herself? What a good girl, a special girl. I will never forget how one day at the beginning of the year my Moriah was upset in nursery school, and the next day Rivki decided to bring Moriah a chocolate bar to cheer Moriah up (it did). And that’s the kind of girl she is– a rare mixture of her tsaddekes of a mother and her tremendously creative and dynamic father.
So please take a moment to read Psalm 20 below for a speedy and complete recovery for RIVKA BAT YAEL (please forward this name and psalm to your mailing lists)
לַמְנַצֵּחַ, מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד.
יַעַנְךָ יְהוָה, בְּיוֹם צָרָה; יְשַׂגֶּבְךָ, שֵׁם אֱלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב.
יִשְׁלַח-עֶזְרְךָ מִקֹּדֶשׁ; וּמִצִּיּוֹן, יִסְעָדֶךָּ.
יִזְכֹּר כָּל-מִנְחֹתֶךָ; וְעוֹלָתְךָ יְדַשְּׁנֶה סֶלָה.
יִתֶּן-לְךָ כִלְבָבֶךָ; וְכָל-עֲצָתְךָ יְמַלֵּא.
נְרַנְּנָה, בִּישׁוּעָתֶךָ– וּבְשֵׁם-אֱלֹהֵינוּ נִדְגֹּל;
יְמַלֵּא יְהוָה, כָּל-מִשְׁאֲלוֹתֶיךָ.
עַתָּה יָדַעְתִּי– כִּי הוֹשִׁיעַ יְהוָה, מְשִׁיחוֹ:
יַעֲנֵהוּ, מִשְּׁמֵי קָדְשׁוֹ– בִּגְבֻרוֹת, יֵשַׁע יְמִינוֹ.
אֵלֶּה בָרֶכֶב, וְאֵלֶּה בַסּוּסִים;
וַאֲנַחְנוּ, בְּשֵׁם-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ נַזְכִּיר.
הֵמָּה, כָּרְעוּ וְנָפָלוּ; וַאֲנַחְנוּ קַּמְנוּ, וַנִּתְעוֹדָד.יְהוָה הוֹשִׁיעָה: הַמֶּלֶךְ, יַעֲנֵנוּ בְיוֹם-קָרְאֵנוּ
|1. For the conductor, a song of David.||א.|
|2. May the Lord answer you on a day of distress; may the name of the God of Jacob fortify you.||ב.|
|3. May He send your aid from His sanctuary, and may He support you from Zion.||ג.|
|4. May He remember all your meal offerings and may He accept your fat burnt offerings forever.||ד.|
|5. May He give you as your heart [desires], and may He fulfill all your counsel.||ה.|
|6. Let us sing praises for your salvation, and let us assemble in the name of our God; may the Lord fulfill all your requests.||ו.|
|7. Now I know that the Lord saved His anointed; He answered him from His holy heavens; with the mighty acts of salvation from His right hand.||ז.|
|8. These trust in chariots and these in horses, but we-we mention the name of the Lord our God.||ח.|
|9. They kneel and fall, but we rise and gain strength.||ט.|
|10. O Lord, save [us]; may the King answer us on the day we call.May Hashem bless the Razel family and the entire Jewish people with GOOD NEWS!
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