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A Wounded IDF Soldier’s Chanukah Miracle

A Wounded IDF Soldier’s Chanukah Miracle

Truly special moment for an Israeli Defense Forces veteran and his family

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It was a Chanukah to remember for recovering Sgt. Ohad Benyishai, shown here holding the ''shamash'' (helper candle) to light the menorah.
It was a Chanukah to remember for recovering Sgt. Ohad Benyishai, shown here holding the "shamash" (helper candle) to light the menorah.

The first time Rabbi Menachem Kutner and Rabbi Yossi Swerdlov of the Chabad Terror Victims Project met Sgt. Ohad Benyishai of the Israel Defense Forces, he was lying unconscious in a hospital bed, having sustained significant trauma to his head. He had been critically injured this summer during “Operation Protective Edge” in Gaza, where he was deployed with his elite Egoz commando unit. At that point, it was uncertain if he would survive.

In the months that followed, Benyishai regained consciousness and slowly began relearning how to function. With great effort, he mastered the Hebrew alphabet, and had even managed to say two words, ima (mom) and abba (dad), but no more.

On the second night of Chanukah, the rabbis visited the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, where he was recovering. There, around 70 wounded soldiers, their families and Chabad volunteers gathered for a special celebration and menorah-lighting.

Benyishai was invited to light the menorah together with Kutner. The rabbi said the blessings, and Benyishai held the shamash (helper candle) with his functional left hand. With the rabbi’s assistance, he lit the two candles.

Then suddenly, the room went quiet as Benyishai slowly began to mouth the words to “Haneirot Halalu” and “Maoz Tzur” along with Kutner. The familiar tunes that he had learned during his childhood had brought back his ability to speak. He was talking!

His parents ran to him, and showered him with hugs and kisses with tears streaming down their cheeks.

They had their Chanukah miracle.

Please continue to pray for the ongoing recovery of Ohad ben Erica, and the brave men and women of the IDF who have sacrificed so much to protect our precious homeland.

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Avi December 26, 2014

Bikor Cholim Does Bikor Cholim extend to anyone that is sick (both Jew or Gentile/) When a Gentile visits a sick person (whether Jewish or Gentile) is he fulfilling a mitzva as well? Reply

HOPE BERMAN PALO ALTO, CA via chabadgsb.com December 26, 2014

CHANUKAH MIRACLE EVERY MATCH THAT LIGHT THE CANDLE TO LIGHT THE OTHER CANDLES TO LIGHT THE OIL IS THE WARMTH OF HASHEM ..A MIRACLE WITH EACH MOTION.
TODAH FOR THIS AMAXING FEELING
AVRHAM AND SARAH BERMAN
OFRA,ISRAEL Reply

Anonymous Florda December 25, 2014

a Channukah Miracle Now I understand even more why my Mother Judith(,of Blessed memory) loved the REBBE.. She too believed in miracles.. This brought tears to my eyes.. az Reply

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