. . . from the pure Neshomos, rises to join in the Ner Tamid in Shamayim
“Command the Children of Israel that they shall take for you pure olive oil, pressed, for illumination, to kindle a continual lamp.” (Parshas Emor, Vayikra 24:2)
The 45 Meron Korbanot
“But hardest of all is the children – it’s just impossible to comprehend. I was so close to them. They would have grown up to be truly great people. They were devoted to Torah learning, with a depth of understanding; and they treated everyone with such respect – they had such refined characters.
“G-d took the good people – He picked the most beautiful flowers from His garden. It’s so hard… We didn’t sleep the entire night. For the last few days, we have done nothing but cry. It’s impossible to describe this in words. My sister-in-law cried out, ‘I gave them life – give them back to me alive!’ How can I explain to you how hard it was to hear such words? A person who loses a child – he has no life. It’s like he himself dies. Somehow, we have to help these parents cope, somehow.[. . .]”
“And we have to think about what we can do for these parents, after the week of shivah[mourning] is over. How are we going to look them in the eyes and give them the strength to continue with their lives?”