Dear Friends,

 

 Hadar Cohen was a nineteen-year-old Israeli girl who was recently killed by Palestinian terrorists in Jerusalem. But before she died, she courageously saved the lives of many people as she shot the terrorists. I sent the following letter to her parents this week.
 
Ofer and Sigal Cohen
15 Nitzan St.
Or Yehuda, 60200
Israel
 
Dear Ofer and Sigal,
 
I write to you as the rabbi of a congregation in New York. We read of your beautiful and courageous daughter, Hadar, and were deeply saddened by your terrible loss.
 
She died defending the people of Israel and will always be remembered as a heroine who loved her country and her people. I know that your grief is deep, and that there will always be a painful break in your hearts. But please know people around the world will remember your precious daughter with honor and gratitude.
 
In honor of Hadar, Temple Shaaray Tefila is planting twenty-five trees in Israel. I know that your hearts will always be filled with love for your daughter. While I know that there is no consolation for parents who lose a child, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you that the loving soul of Hadar Cohen has found its way to eternal life. Something of her will always live.
 
                                              With Warm Regards,
                                              Rabbi David Greenberg
                                              Temple Shaaray Tefila
                                              Baldwin Road
                                              Bedford Corners, New York 10549
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The above letter was sent to the parents of Hadar. We try to imagine losing a child at such a young age, and regardless of the circumstances, only those who have been there can truly understand the depth of grief and loss that these and all such parents feel. But we can all help soften that grief by letting them know that they are in our thoughts and prayers. So do I ask you to send your own note of consolation to Ofer and Sigal. I know that it will make a difference to them as they realize that their daughter has touched the hearts of people everywhere.
 
I wish you a Sabbath of tranquility and renewal.

      

Shabbat shalom,   

         Rabbi David Greenberg