On Chol Hamoed Pesach, April 4th, newly engaged couple Yisroel Levin and Elisheva Kaplan were killed in a fiery car crash on the 878 highway beside Kennedy International airport in New York. How does one cope with such a tragedy when a parent is so excited about their child about to embark on a new and exciting life and instead, finds themselves mourning their untimely death?
For Rabbi Shaya Levin, Yisroel’s father, the answer is by ensuring that other new beginnings are started in their memory.
At the funeral of his son, Rabbi Shaya pleaded that in exchange for the pure souls of Yisroel and Elisheva, there should be 10,000 shidduchim as a gift from Heaven.
And so started 10K Batay Yisroel, an organization whose name links Yisroel, with the woman who would forever remain his kallah, Elisheva Basya, alluding to the home that will never be. It is the hope of this organization that as a result of this tragedy, there will be 10,000 new homes.
Please visit https://10kbatayyisroel.org and make a shidduch suggestion, thereby helping to make 10,000 shidduch suggestions in their memory.
The words of this author reflect his/her own opinions and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Orthodox Union.