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Friday, 26 July, 2013 - 12:23 pm

 Many members of the community contacted me in the last day following the shooting of the Chabad rabbi of Derbent in the Republic of Dagestan.  

After being rushed to Israel on a special medical airplane, Rabbi Ovadia Isakov remains in very serious yet now stable condition after toughing out emergency surgery on his internal organs.  The Dagestan government has confirmed that the brutal attack was carried out by a major Islamic Terrorist cell in the Chechnya-Caucasus area.    

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Until yesterday I didn't know Rabbi Ovadia.  I assume not too many people knew him.  How many of us have visited the town of Derbent before?  Who, outside the tiny Jewish population of that town, was aware of the work of the Isakov family?  Who is aware of the impact that he has in this remote place, as the only Rabbi in the Republic of Dagestan?

Not knowing Ovadia is perhaps the best way to know him - Rabbi Ovadia didn't leave the comfort of a large community for fame or for recognition.  He came to Derbent because he is needed there.  He went there because there are Jews there who are seeking to have Jewish life in this city by the border of Chechnya on the Caspian Sea .

Rabbi Ovadia would be happy to continue doing his work in Dagestan for the rest of his life, without getting headlines.  Now that we got to know his selfless dedication - we will return to him with our love and care; we will pray for his quick and complete recovery, so he can be there for his family and return to anonymously serve his brothers and sisters, with dedication and love.

 Please take a moment to say chapter 41 of Tehillim for the speedy recovery of Ovadia Ben Zehava Chaya.

1For the conductor, a song of David.   א. לַמְנַצֵּחַ מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד:
2Praiseworthy is he who looks after the poor; on a day of calamity the Lord will rescue him.   ב. אַשְׁרֵי מַשְׂכִּיל אֶל דָּל בְּיוֹם רָעָה יְמַלְּטֵהוּ יְהֹוָה:
3The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be praised in the land, and You will not deliver him into the desire of his enemies.   ג. יְהֹוָה | יִשְׁמְרֵהוּ וִיחַיֵּהוּ וְאֻשַּׁר בָּאָרֶץ וְאַל תִּתְּנֵהוּ בְּנֶפֶשׁ אֹיְבָיו:
4The Lord will support him on his sickbed; when You have transformed his entire restfulness in his illness.   ד. יְהוָה יִסְעָדֶנּוּ עַל עֶרֶשׂ דְּוָי כָּל מִשְׁכָּבוֹ הָפַכְתָּ בְחָלְיוֹ:
5I said, "O Lord, be gracious to me; heal my soul because I have sinned against You."   ה. אֲנִי אָמַרְתִּי יְהֹוָה חָנֵּנִי רְפָאָה נַפְשִׁי כִּי חָטָאתִי לָךְ:
6My enemies speak evil of me; "When will he die and his name be lost?"   ו. אוֹיְבַי יֹאמְרוּ רַע לִי מָתַי יָמוּת וְאָבַד שְׁמוֹ:
7And if he comes to see [me], he speaks falsely; his heart gathers iniquity for him; when he goes outside, he talks.   ז. וְאִם בָּא לִרְאוֹת | שָׁוְא יְדַבֵּר לִבּוֹ יִקְבָּץ אָוֶן לוֹ יֵצֵא לַחוּץ יְדַבֵּר:
8All my enemies whisper together about me; concerning me, they think evil.   ח. יַחַד עָלַי יִתְלַחֲשׁוּ כָּל שֹׂנְאָי עָלַי | יַחְשְׁבוּ רָעָה לִי:
9"An evil thing shall be poured into him, and once he lies down, he will no longer rise."   ט. דְּבַר בְּלִיַּעַל יָצוּק בּוֹ וַאֲשֶׁר שָׁכַב לֹא יוֹסִיף לָקוּם:
10Even my ally, in whom I trusted, who eats my bread, developed an ambush for me.   י. גַּם אִישׁ שְׁלוֹמִי | אֲשֶׁר בָּטַחְתִּי בוֹ אוֹכֵל לַחְמִי הִגְדִּיל עָלַי עָקֵב:
11But You, O Lord, be gracious to me and raise me up, so that I may repay them.   יא. וְאַתָּה יְהֹוָה חָנֵּנִי וַהֲקִימֵנִי וַאֲשַׁלְּמָה לָהֶם:
12With this I shall know that You desired me, when my enemy does not shout joyfully over me.   יב. בְּזֹאת יָדַעְתִּי כִּי חָפַצְתָּ בִּי כִּי לֹא יָרִיעַ אֹיְבִי עָלָי:
13As for me, because of my innocence You shall support me, and stand me up before You forever.   יג. וַאֲנִי בְּתֻמִּי תָּמַכְתָּ בִּי וַתַּצִּיבֵנִי לְפָנֶיךָ לְעוֹלָם:
14Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel from all times past and to all times to come. Amen and amen.   יד. בָּרוּךְ יְהֹוָה | אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל מֵהָעוֹלָם וְעַד הָעוֹלָם אָמֵן | וְאָמֵן:


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Inna wrote...

Just said the prayer. Let us hope for a full recovery for Rabbi Isakov.