I received this by email, and meant to put it up yesterday. The cover note said:
I read this letter from a father whose 19 year old son died in a tragic accident last Sunday. I found his message, and perspective, especially inspiring for erev 9 Av, and wish to forward it to you. I happened to have encountered the boy recently, and the descriptions of him fail to do him justice. he was truly a marvel. Your readers may find inspiration as well. Feel free to post.
From The Father Of Yeshayohu Dov Eckstein Z”L
We have no words to describe the outpouring of special nechama we received from so many people.
Thank you for the calls, the letters and the personal visits and beautiful stories you shared. At the kever yesterday, I said You are not just my child - the Jewish nation shared in our pain! - you are not anymore my Yeshayohu Dov - you became our Yeshayohu Dov! Last night after the shiva - our oldest son Gedalyohu - had a firstborn - a baby boy!
Mazel Tov! Let us share simchos! It’s harder to share in other peoples simchos!
The last Friday of our sons life he heard that the camp maintenance person, Rabbi K., had a bar mitzvah of a grandchild in Eretz Yisroel. Yeshayohu Dov was extremely sensitive. He volunteered to make a bar mitzvah to share the simcha of an einikle. The man gave him his credit card to buy the food and paraphernalia. The bochur took the credit card. He went shopping and used his OWN credit card to pay for everything. On shabbos morning, he set up and made the beautiful bar mitzvah. He knocked on the doors of the rabbeim and staff leaders to come and share in the simcha of others!
He was nifter last Sunday, the day after Shabbos we read the prophecy of destruction - Chazon Yeshayohu! this coming shabbos we read about the comfort from HASHEM - Shabbos NACHMU. We are thankful to HASHEM that He prepared the comfort many months ago and we are able to share our simcha with others!
We would like to start some tzedoka in memory of Yeshaya Dov. If you have any suggestions (i.e. a project in sharing the simcha of others), pleas email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. To share in this, monetarily checks can be made to: Congregation Supporters of Torah and mailed to 580 East 8th St. Brooklyn, NY 11218, USA.
Search for more information about [topic] at 4torah.com.