It’s with a heavy heart and many tears that I’ve watched the gut-wrenching videos and pictures of the tragic crush in Meron that has taken the lives of dozens of victims.
I have no words and still can’t process what happened, but this audio from Rabbi Braun was helpful is putting some perspective to a tragedy on a day that should be festive and how we should continue celebrating the rest of Lag B’omer. And this letter from the Lubavitcher Rebbe talks about dealing with tragedy that comes while doing a mitzvah.
For families who have lost loved ones, El Al is offering 2 free tickets to Israel for first degree relatives such as parents, spouses, siblings, or children. The airline has set up a dedicated phone line to book those tickets at +972-3-940-4040. That line will be open until 4pm in Israel today and will open again after Shabbos.
Yasher koach to the airline and their new ownership for a kind gesture on a rough day for everyone and may we only know simchas and happy times going forward.
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים