“Little Benaya”: Nephew Born 2 Weeks After Soldier’s Death Carries his Name
IDF Commander Benaya Sarel was killed this past August during the war with Gaza. Exactly 2 weeks after his death, his sister, Chaya Gelman, gave birth to a baby boy. Chaya remembers:
“Giving birth two weeks after my brother was killed was a very difficult emotional experience.
“I felt all the pain which had accompanied me since his death. I had been shaken up very badly, and I cried a lot.
“But after I gave birth, I laughed. Since we didn’t know what gender the baby would be, and when the baby came out and we saw that the baby was a boy, we felt a kind of comfort, a balm for the soul.
“Just two weeks after his death, and a new baby boy had came to the family.
“At that moment, I stopped crying. We praised Hashem because we could see that He had taken life, but gave us new life, and that is a kind of consolation.”
This quotation and the photos originally appeared in Yediot Yerushalayim.
Photos are of: Chaya with baby Benaya (by Avi Rokeach), Chaya with baby and her parents (by Avi Rokeach), and Benaya Sarel HY”D (family photo)