For the love of Ayelet.

Just needed to share this with everyone out there: this amazing thing, the combination of  the widespread and deep lengths of the Jewish community-at-large and the internet’s service as the ultimate sharing tool.

I’ve been just amazed by watching how many people are seeing the Ayelet Galena post from last Tuesday… Since it was posted, it’s been viewed over 23.000 times. It was shared via Facebook 700 times. If you don’t know me, then it’s worth knowing that not only do I not know that many people on Facebook or offline, I certainly don’t have that many regular readers on this blog.

In the first 24 hours, I couldn’t help but watch in speechlessness how many people were visiting and from which cities and countries – such outpouring of concern, of love, of care. From everywhere. The US, Israel, Canada, sure – but also the UK, other parts of Europe,  and Australia.

I just had to share that info. It’s further inspired me. It speaks to her parents, Seth and Hindy, who fought for and carried Ayelet through this. It helps somehow – as a mother, as a member of the Jewish community, as an internet citizen – when I’ve had a hard time falling asleep the last few nights.

By the way, people have been asking… here’s the link to Seth and Hindy’s Eye on Ayelet blog, where they seem to still be posting updates.

(Further by the way, I actually don’t know the family personally.)

To Ayelet Yakira Galena, z’l

Ayelet –

Who are you, that I’m sitting here crying openly in public while reading the tragic news your parents just posted?

I never met you, I never spoke to you, I never held you, but through you parents’ amazing capacity for sharing and including all of us – thousands of people across the world, mothers, fathers, fellow Jews, friendly non-Jews, Americans, Israelis, internationals, people who know your parents personally and people who don’t – in your family’s need, we got to know you and be with you and fall in love with you as you fought so hard the cruelty you were handed in life.

It makes me wonder, Ayelet, how a sweet pure thing can be born into such hardship. Even more, it makes me wonder how there are people in this world who would choose to bring that on children – through violence, through terror, through abuse – when instead they could serve our world’s children with kindness, care and love…

I hope all of us carry your memory forward, and appreciate every aspect of goodness, especially health, we should always see in ourselves, our kids, our families, while working together to ward off the bad that humanity tends to bring into the world, in ignorance or with purpose.

To your parents: may they be blessed with even more good in their lives, born from the goodness they had in you, Ayelet, which they will forever cherish… All three of you have been an inspiration in love and dedication.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet.