Light in a sea of darkness

A knock on the door,
a visitor to celebrate a new life.
Another precious soul brought into the world.
Only this visitor had different intentions.
In a matter of moments,
our celebration of life would quickly turn into their celebration of death.
Another family destroyed.
More innocence stolen from our children.
It seems all too familiar.
Helplessness settles in.
G-D, why?
Why would you let this happen again?
Why do you let your children suffer?
I know.
There is no way to explain.
There is no way to rationalize.
I know.
The question is not ‘why’.
The question is ‘what’.
What can I do?
What can WE do to honor the fallen?
What can WE do to create light in this sea of darkness?
Doing nothing,
now that would be our greatest loss.
What are YOU going to do?
There is no strength like the strength of our people.
There is no perseverance like the perseverance of our people.
We are hurting.
We are devastated.
We will not be broken.
We will not be defeated.
What can I do to bring light into this sea of darkness?

About the Author
At the age of nineteen, Leibel Mangel left his home and family in Cincinnati, Ohio to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces as a lone soldier. As the son of a Rabbi and the grandson of one of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz - serving in the IDF was not a matter of if, but rather when. Leibel served as a machine gunner in the Kfir Brigade, where he took part in numerous high profile anti-terror operations including the tragic discovery of the bodies of Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrah who were kidnapped from Gush Etzion in 2014. Leibel has used his story and experiences to continue his service by fighting for Israel in both mainstream and social media and in cities throughout the country. Leibel is also the recipient of a 2017 Jewish People's Choice Award and 2019 Hometown Hero Award.