The Widow of Ari Fuld HY”D: Ari was Killed While Doing me a Favor

The Widow of Ari Fuld HY”D: Ari was Killed While Doing me a Favor

Yom Kippur is 4 hours away. I have food to make and kids to get bathed and dressed, and a vidui to recite.

But I cannot stop thinking about Ari Fuld HY”D, and I just had to sit down at my computer this busy Yom Kippur Eve and share my thoughts with you.

Ari Fuld spent most moments of his short life doing good.

He dedicated his life to his family and the Jewish people, strengthening the IDF and the State of Israel, learning and teaching Torah and serving Hashem.

And he died as he lived, on his way to help out his wife (she shares the story of Ari’s last morning in this video)…

And even as he was dying, he used his last bits of strength to run after and shoot the terrorist who had fatally injured him, thereby saving the life of at least one woman, and most likely, G-d forbid, others.

I am going into Yom Kippur with this message in my heart.

How should I spend my moments?
How should I live my life?
What is truly important?

Ari Fuld HY”D answered these questions–in his life, and tragically, in his death as well.

May his memory be a blessing, and comfort to his grieving family.


  1. Ari Fuld’s actions remind me of what Rabbi Nivin likes to teach about Rabbi Akiva. Both lived their lives focused on kiddush Hashem and so they were on a higher level when they died that way.

    • so true. ari fuld’s father said that if ari could have chosen how he would die, this would have been the way. I’m not sure what he meant, but maybe al kiddush Hashem, or saving other Jews.

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