Rivka bat Yael Razel

Thank G-d, since posting this a year ago, little Rivki has experienced true miracles. Today she is walking and talking and will be back at her old kindergarten this year. B”H, may we always share good news!
I was planning to spend this morning with my kids at the playground, distracting them until our annual Independence Day Barbecue in Sacher Park late this afternoon.

And then at 8 AM the phone rang…

Terrible news. The oldest daughter of Yael and singer Yonatan Razel (whose hit song “Hee She’amda” I posted right before Pesach) fell last night from the porch of their home while the family was watching Independence Day fireworks. 4-year-old Rivki Razel is now hospitalized at Hadassah Hospital in critical condition, and desperately in need of our prayers.

If you are like me, you receive a bunch of requests to pray for injured or sick people every week. Maybe you tend to ignore these requests. But this is a girl who isn’t just a name. She is the beloved daughter of the person whose music has inspired you and Jews all over the world. She is also one of my 5-year-old daughter Moriah’s dearest friends.

The Razels are an extremely special family. Rivki’s mother, Yael, comes as close as I have ever seen to the ideal of human goodness. I have known her for years, and I cannot recall having ever heard a negative word coming out of her mouth, about anything or anyone. If I pick up the phone and it is Yael Razel calling, I know for sure that it is because she is calling regarding a mitzvah–organizing a new playground for the neighborhood children, organizing Psalms for someone who is sick, planning meals for a sister-in-law who just gave birth.

For the last few years, Rivki’s father Yonatan has dedicated half his day to Torah study at a local yeshiva, and his remaining time to creating and performing music that manages on a nearly unprecedented scale to bring Israelis, secular and religious alike, closer to their Creator.

And Rivki herself? What a good girl, a special girl. I will never forget how one day at the beginning of the year my Moriah was upset in nursery school, and the next day Rivki decided to bring Moriah a chocolate bar to cheer Moriah up (it did). And that’s the kind of girl she is– a striking mixture of her tsaddekes of a mother and her tremendously creative and dynamic father.

So please take a moment to read Psalm 20 below for a speedy and complete recovery for RIVKA BAT YAEL (please forward this name and psalm to your mailing lists)

לַמְנַצֵּחַ, מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד.
יַעַנְךָ יְהוָה, בְּיוֹם צָרָה; יְשַׂגֶּבְךָ, שֵׁם אֱלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב.
יִשְׁלַח-עֶזְרְךָ מִקֹּדֶשׁ; וּמִצִּיּוֹן, יִסְעָדֶךָּ.
יִזְכֹּר כָּל-מִנְחֹתֶךָ; וְעוֹלָתְךָ יְדַשְּׁנֶה סֶלָה.
יִתֶּן-לְךָ כִלְבָבֶךָ; וְכָל-עֲצָתְךָ יְמַלֵּא.
נְרַנְּנָה, בִּישׁוּעָתֶךָ– וּבְשֵׁם-אֱלֹהֵינוּ נִדְגֹּל;
יְמַלֵּא יְהוָה, כָּל-מִשְׁאֲלוֹתֶיךָ.
עַתָּה יָדַעְתִּי– כִּי הוֹשִׁיעַ יְהוָה, מְשִׁיחוֹ:
יַעֲנֵהוּ, מִשְּׁמֵי קָדְשׁוֹ– בִּגְבֻרוֹת, יֵשַׁע יְמִינוֹ.
אֵלֶּה בָרֶכֶב, וְאֵלֶּה בַסּוּסִים;
וַאֲנַחְנוּ, בְּשֵׁם-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ נַזְכִּיר.
הֵמָּה, כָּרְעוּ וְנָפָלוּ; וַאֲנַחְנוּ קַּמְנוּ, וַנִּתְעוֹדָד.יְהוָה הוֹשִׁיעָה: הַמֶּלֶךְ, יַעֲנֵנוּ בְיוֹם-קָרְאֵנוּ

1. For the conductor, a song of David. א.
2. May the Lord answer you on a day of distress; may the name of the God of Jacob fortify you. ב.
3. May He send your aid from His sanctuary, and may He support you from Zion. ג.
4. May He remember all your meal offerings and may He accept your fat burnt offerings forever. ד.
5. May He give you as your heart [desires], and may He fulfill all your counsel. ה.
6. Let us sing praises for your salvation, and let us assemble in the name of our God; may the Lord fulfill all your requests. ו.
7. Now I know that the Lord saved His anointed; He answered him from His holy heavens; with the mighty acts of salvation from His right hand. ז.
8. These trust in chariots and these in horses, but we-we mention the name of the Lord our God. ח.
9. They kneel and fall, but we rise and gain strength. ט.
10. O Lord, save [us]; may the King answer us on the day we call.

May Hashem bless the Razel family and the entire Jewish people with GOOD NEWS!


  1. Could you keep us updated on Rivki? Lots of us are davening and saying tehilim for her.

  2. Liebe Schulman

    Jenny, I was horrified to hear of Rivki’s injury. I’m in chu”l at the moment and IY”H returning next week. I’m saying Tehillim for her and look forward to BE”H hearing besorot tovot.

  3. Hi Jenny,
    We too were horrified to hear of this on Y”Haatzmaut as well, praying that Be”H, that day should be a day when the Raz’els can celebrate with a Seudat Hodayah for Rivki’s full and speedy recovery … all of our hevre here in Hod HaSharon are davening for Rivki as well. We are davening for so much strength for Yael and Yonatan, former neighbors and friends …
    Hashem!!! Please, besorot tovot for the Raz’els and all of Am Israel…

  4. As far as I know, this little girl recovered. It would be great to post an update for your readers. We so often don’t share the good things and the miracles!

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