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Widows Bonded by Tragedy

Last month's shooting murder of Israeli Rabbi Raziel Shevach was eerily mirrored by yesterday's horrific stabbing of Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal, both beloved fathers, husbands, and men of God. Israel Hayom reports that Rabbi Shevach's still-grieving widow Yael has reached out to Rabbi Ben-Gal's wife Miriam, who she calls her "sister":

"I never thought I'd feel a sister was born to me," she wrote on Facebook. "Miriam, I'm hugging you, love. We will get through this. Together. Alone."

The following is the poem written by Yael Shevach to Miriam Ben-Gal:

Bonded by blood.
What a phrase.
A symbol of kinship. Family.
Bonded by blood.
A symbol of a relationship forged by blood.
Pure blood, holy blood.
I am a widow.
I was chosen as such.
I am a Jewish widow. Proud.
My husband is Jewish. Destined.
Such a cruel and bitter destiny.
And now I have been bonded to you.
My new sister.
We were destined.
Such a crude, callous destiny.
Our calling, it isn't known.
But we know it will be easier for us to carry it together.
To carry the aloneness, together.
In kinship.
In pain that will never relent.
I, too, will never relent.
Until you say, enough.

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