Dreaming of Moshiach

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Hashem's Ways: Truthful and Mysterious

By Neshama

A distant relative of ours, Eli Horowitz, OBM, drowned last summer in Lake Nippising Ontario, during a summer outing. Many Orthodox Jewish families spend some time there during the summer months. The body of the 30 year old man, father and husband, from the Orthodox community of Toronto, Canada, was not found.

His wife was an Agunah, she could not remarry until there was verification of his demise.

Eli was the founder of Hatzolah, a rescue and EMT organization in Toronto. He was able to swim well. He and his father-in-law went out on the lake in a boat, and never returned. The father's body was recovered after a few days, but Eli's body was missing.

Many hundreds of thousands of dollars were invested, in searches including Helicopters, aircraft, the resources of the Canadian police, coast guard, and hired searchers. Hundreds of Yeshiva Bochurim from NY and other Jewish communities joined the search during the summer months of 2006.

The search resumed this summer. A University Professor who specializes in search forensics was hired to seek the hidden body. All were of no avail. The wife was to remain an Agunah, and her small children were orphans.

There is a belief in Kabbalistic circles, in the case of a drowning, - there is a SEGULAH - that if Ten Gedolim (great Rabbi's) fast and pray ferverently, and then go to the body of water, and place bread on the water, the missing body would float to the top.

On the 17th of Tammuz, July 3rd 2007, ten Gedolim from Toronto, after fasting and praying, got into several cars and started to travel to Lake Nippising north of Toronto. When they were halfway there, they received a call that two fishermen had found the body floating on the surface near the spot where the numerous searches had been going on for many months.

Hashem just wants us to be earnest in our prayers to him and he will complete the job. Many people, who didn't even know him, prayed for him and his family. This shows that if we pray for others, our wants and needs are also answered.

The wife is no longer an Agunah, and the family can get on with their lives.
May they know no more sorrow.

Israel Hirsch




והיה השם למלך על כל הארץ, ביום ההוא יהיה השם אחד - ושמו אחד ישתבח שמו לעד לנצח נצחים בכל העולמות Blessed is His name for eternity in all worlds אין עוד מלבדו