By writer to www.theyeshivaworld.com
When Rav Yeshayahu Heber was 42, a busy husband and father working at two jobs, his kidneys failed and he was pressured to start dialysis, a bodily and emotionally exhausting ordeal requiring 4-5 hours at a clinic 3 times per week connected to a dialysis machine.
The one vibrant spot in R’ Heber’s new routine was the shut friendship he developed with one other dialysis affected person, Pinchas Turgeman, 22 . R’ Heber and the youthful Turgeman handed the hours within the dialysis clinic in nice dialog.
R’ Heber was fortunate sufficient to quickly discover a suitable kidney donor. His buddy Turgeman, who additionally urgently wanted a kidney transplant, jokingly stated to him “What about me?” though he knew it was in all probability too late for him since he was very sick on the time.
However R’ Heber took his remark to coronary heart and commenced looking for a suitable donor for Turgeman and shortly succeeded. However sadly, it was too late and Turgeman died two weeks earlier than the transplant was to happen.
Rav Heber was devastated and the day after Turgeman’s levaya – in 2009 – he based the Matnat Chaim group a non-profit devoted to the facilitation of altruistic kidney donations, quitting his job as a principal of a college and instructor, and devoting his life to the group.
Since then, lots of of lives have been saved by way of Matnat Chaim and Rav Heber’s selfless work has been well known in Israel and overseas.
This previous February, Blue and White MK Chili Tropper, whose identify has appeared in latest headlines as a consequence of his being one of many right-wing Blue and White members against the merger with Arab Joint Checklist, was the 780th particular person to donate one among his kidneys by way of the Matnas Chaim group, in his case to an ideal stranger. He was the primary Knesset member in Israel to donate a kidney.
And now Rav Heber, who has given hope and saved the lives of virtually a thousand Jews and enabled the identical variety of Jews to meet an unimaginable act of chessed is in want of Klal Yisrael’s tefillos.
Rav Heber contracted the coronavirus and is hospitalized in severe situation in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital and is in want of nice rachamei Shayamayim.
Please daven for the refuah sheleimah of Rav Avraham Yeshayahu ben Hadassah b’toch sha’ar cholei Yisrael.
א שִׁיר, לַמַּעֲלוֹת:
אֶשָּׂא עֵינַי, אֶל-הֶהָרִים מֵאַיִן, יָבֹא עֶזְרִי.
ב עֶזְרִי, מֵעִם יְהוָה עֹשֵׂה, שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ.
ג אַל-יִתֵּן לַמּוֹט רַגְלֶךָ; אַל-יָנוּם, שֹׁמְרֶךָ.
ד הִנֵּה לֹא-יָנוּם, וְלֹא יִישָׁן שׁוֹמֵר, יִשְׂרָאֵל.
ה יְהוָה שֹׁמְרֶךָ; יְהוָה צִלְּךָ, עַל-יַד יְמִינֶךָ.
ו יוֹמָם, הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ לֹא-יַכֶּכָּה; וְיָרֵחַ בַּלָּיְלָה.
ז יְהוָה, יִשְׁמָרְךָ מִכָּל-רָע: יִשְׁמֹר, אֶת-נַפְשֶׁךָ.
ח יְהוָה, יִשְׁמָר-צֵאתְךָ וּבוֹאֶך מֵעַתָּה, וְעַד-עוֹלָם.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)