Holy Moments


On Shabbat March 9th, 29 Adar I, a brit milah was held for the son of Yedidya Eliyahu who fell in Gaza four months ago. No words can describe the atmosphere in the event hall: a mix of joy and sorrow, a new life and one that was missing, heaven and earth, this world and the next.

The grandfather, Rabbi Yoram Eliyahu, served as sandak, the one who holds the baby during the brit. In the father’s absence, he recited the beracha: “Who sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to enter him into the Covenant of Avraham our father.”  Meitar, the mother, blessed “Shehechiyanu” and “HaGomel” over the brit and the safe delivery.  The mohel asked those assembled to pray. “These are holy moments,” he remarked. When there are no words to express what we feel, our prayers pierce the heavens – prayers for the baby, for his mother, for the soldiers and the wounded and the hostages, prayers for everyone and everything.

And his name in Israel shall be called: Porat Avia.

I previously wrote that in reply to the question, “How are you?” Yedidya Eliyahu would reply: “Living the dream.” As I was leaving, Ziva Eliyahu, his mother, told me with eyes full of tears, but with a smile: “We will continue to live the dream, only differently.”

● Translated by Yehoshua Siskin.


Sivan Rahav-Meir is a media personality and lecturer. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband, Yedidya, and their five children, and serves as World Mizrachi’s Scholar- in-Residence. She is a primetime anchor on Channel 2 News, has a column in Israel’s largest newspaper, Yediot Acharonot, and a weekly radio show on Galei Tzahal (Army Radio).

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