“Dear Mother”: A Letter for You from the Mother of Eyal Yifrach HY”D
The following moving letter from Iris Yifrach written on the day her son’s body was found appeared in the Elad paper “Korim Elad.” Thanks so much to Yehudit Levy for sending it to me…
My husband just visited the shiva for Naftali Frankel HY”D this morning, and Racheli told him how much the album of your photos from all over the world had meant to her and her family. Yasher koach, JewishMOMs, and may we hear only good news from now on…
Dear Mother–Believe in the Child Hashem Gave You!
by Iris Yifrach– Eyal’s Mother
19 years ago, the Holy One Blessed be He granted us a soul.
The sun rose upon us.
We received from the Holy One a gift of joy, a gift of giving, a gift of love, a gift of humility, every good trait that a mother could dream her child would possess.
18 days ago, the sun set, and the Holy One requested his gift back.
I want to request forgiveness from Eyal, that I didn’t pray for him enough. I request forgiveness that I didn’t appreciate his high soul.
Our partnership with the Holy One hasn’t ended, it continues, even though He took back His part. Our partnership continues faithfully. Our role is to unify the Jewish people, to unify us with ourselves.
I don’t know what we would do without faith. Faith is our backbone. The heart is broken but our spirit is strong, unbroken.
I understand that there are levels of faith. The great test in this Divinely-orchestrated series of events. The Holy One is checking us and testing us our whole lives, all the time. It comes in stages.
The Holy One is saying to us: “You wanted, and I gave. Now, let’s see what you do.”
And we are climbing up another level.
We believe that this is a test of faith, and each time it’s another new level. I pray to Hashem that He will give us the strength to understand His power. We’ve experienced one of the most intense tests of faith.
In the Messianic era, the Holy One shakes the rope and we hold on with two hands, not just with a finger. That’s our Eyal, never gives up.
There were endless prayers here, and Hashem saved us from uncertainty. That’s also a kind of redemption. We didn’t leave a corner of our heart, we were certain they would return. And they returned. They returned.
They say that our children are angels, our children are holy martyrs. Now I understand the perfection that was my son.
Now I pray from the bottom of my heart. Now Eyal is next to Father, Father is hugging him. I am certain and convinced that our prayers were received. We have our own faithful representative, right next to Hashem. Eyal will know how to pray for us. How to request. Because he’s like that, doing everything until its done.
I am turning to the dear mothers–believe in the child that Hashem gave you. They are so great, our children. We need to know how to appreciate this special gift, to use this time to the fullest!
The Holy One gave us the children, the opportunity to pray for them, to bless them and to love them.
Rest in peace, my dear son.