Tamar Adelstein

Remembering Alta bas Avraham Fixler, HY”D on her first Yartzheit


November 7, 2022 – the 13th of Mar Cheshvan 5783

As the day closed and darkness descended, a full moon illuminated the cloudless sky last night.  It is the 13th of Mar Cheshvan and the very first of yartzheiten to come until Techiyas HaMeisim for Alta bas Avraham, HY”D.

Like the diamond that she was, the moon’s light is especially crystal clear – at least for tonight man’s inhumanity will not be able to hide itself or make excuses.  The travesty that happened to Alta will not be allowed to fade or be forgotten.

One year ago, little Alta, daughter of Avraham and Chaya Fixler was murdered at the hands of a cruel and perverse British Government and its National Health Service system.

Born prematurely four years ago, Alta suffered traumatic brain injury from oxygen deprivation during her birth and things were touch and go for her in the first few days.  But with the help of HaShem, the love of her parents, and the gift of modern medicine, Alta survived and began thriving in her own special way.  Despite needing respiratory life support, Alta’s will to live was, in fact, so strong that she also twice overcame what were most likely Covid infections.

Instead of cheering her on, Great Britain, which holds the number two slot for being the world’s leading proponent of “mercy-killing”, mercilessly decided that Alta’s life was less than worthy of preserving.

Under the pretense of wanting to spare her a lifetime of pain and suffering, British and EU high courts sanctimoniously rejected, in legal language dripping with anti-Semitism, appeal after appeal by Alta’s parents to spare her life and let them take her to the United States or Israel where experts in the treatment of brain injuries waited for her.

Despite being a full fledged Israeli citizen, Alta was held hostage by Great Britain and condemned to die for no other reason than having been born in Manchester and suffering a brain injury during her birth.

Under the misnomer of “palliative” hospice care, these killers pulled Alta’s life support one year ago today; suffice it to say, that such palliation is anything but calming or comfortable.

Sent the Zoom link to join in reciting Tehillim for Alta during her final hours, I had to get off after only a few minutes, my fury and sadness too overwhelming but, of course, that was nothing compared to the anguish and torment her parents were forced to endure, r”l.

Alta’s father has since traveled around the world to tell Alta’s story and give encouragement to other parents caring for and guarding the lives of their special needs babies and children.  Reb Avraham constantly reaffirms for them what a privilege it is to be chosen and trusted by HaShem to do so.

Alta accomplished much in her short lifetime:

Most importantly Alta called our attention to how much we must cherish every life regardless of a person’s seemingly less than “perfect” circumstances.

Alta  reminded us that Courts of Law, ethics and morality must be grounded in HaShem’s absolute truth as edified in the Sheva Mitzvos – the Seven Universal Laws given Mankind after the Great Flood and in the 613 Mitzvos given to the Jewish People at Har Sinai – without that we lose our ability to distinguish between right and wrong.

Alta brought so many people of goodwill together, uniting them in the ultimate act of goodness and kindness – trying to save a life.

And, finally, Alta renewed hope to so many by raising public awareness about the evolving field of successful, evidence -based new technologies, hands-on therapies, and conventional and holistic remedies that are available to treat brain injuries and other disabling conditions.

May the memory of Alta bas Avraham, HY”D, be for a blessing.

About the Author
I am originally from Buffalo, NY and although I did not have a religious upbringing I always felt a strong connection with Yiddishkeit and Eretz Yisroel. I still get chills recalling the moment the Rabbi announced that Israel had been attacked on Yom Kippur. In the weeks that followed, even though I really didn't understand all the details, I was the one student in my 10th grade Social Studies class who challenged our German-American teacher when he said Israel would be wiped out. Interestingly, the rest of Jewish kids in the class who came from much more Jewishly -oriented homes than I were silent. Years later I met one of them and was astounded to find out how they were all silently cheering me on. On the day the Jews were "disengaged" from Gush Katif, I was stopped in the grocery store (in Buffalo) by a little Jewish lady who whispered to me that she didn't think it was right what Israel was doing. Which just goes to show that there is a vast silent majority of Jews who agree with the Rebbe's approach to peace.
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