Israel Defense Force general Ariel Sharon was mourning the death of his son Gur, who was killed in a gun accident a short time after the Six Day War. The Rebbe sent a group of his emissaries to bring a letter to Sharon along with a new pair of tefillin. In his heartfelt letter the Rebbe writes: “Another factor that motivated me to write this letter is the tremendous inspiration that you aroused in the hearts of many of our Jewish brethren when you put on tefillin at the Western Wall… May it be G‑d's will that henceforth you and your family should know no hurt and pain, and that you should find comfort in your actions in defense of our Holy Land, "the land which G‑d's eyes are upon from the beginning of the year to the end of the year," and in your observance of the mitzvah of tefillin.”