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“Until When?” – A Poem in Memory of Avrohom Dovid Liberow January 13, 2010

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The following poem is dedicated to the blessed memory of Avrohom Dovid Liberow, who tragically died one week ago on Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 or the eve of 21 Tevet 5770. Below the poem is the story of my connection to the Liberow family and the details of this tragedy.

“Until When”

I didn’t really know you well,
But then, I didn’t need to.
Knowing your family is enough
To know something about you.

Avrohom Dovid and Rabbi Shneur Zalman Liberow (Photo from COLLive)
Avrohom Dovid and Rabbi Shneur Zalman Liberow (Photo from COLLive)

You had your father’s energy,
Your mother’s loving smile,
Your siblings’ passion for living life
In usual Liberow style.

I didn’t really know you well,
But then, I didn’t need to.
Knowing Chabad is enough
To know something about you.

Always happy with the joys of life,
Making the most of every day,
Until simcha turned to tragedy,
And took it all away.

I didn’t really know you well,
But well enough to cry…
To have to die at such an age,
Hashem, please, ad mosai?!?

A little bit about my connection to the Liberow family and this poem… When I went to New York for the holiday of Sukkot this past October, the Liberow family of the Chabad of Flatbush in Brooklyn took me into their home for five days. No hesitations, no questions asked. Out of their sheer kindness for a total stranger, they gave me a bed to sleep in and food to eat the entire time I was there. By the time I left, I felt like part of the family. Last week, tragedy stuck my “family from Flatbush.” On the way back from a wedding in Michigan, their minivan was struck by a semi-trailer that lost control on a Pennsylvania highway due to icy road conditions. Thank G-d, Chani (the mother) and 3 of the other children that were in the car made it out of the accident without sustaining serious injuries (Ka”H). Tragically Pesha Leah Azoulay, a friend of the family, was killed. And so was Avrohom Dovid, the 9 year old son of Chani and Rabbi Liberow. This poem was written in Avrohom Dovid’s memory, and is titled “Until When” after the last two words of the poem. Ad mosai, or until when, begs G-d to cease the tragedies around us and bring about the state of paradise that will arrive with the coming of Moshiach. Rabbi himself remains in critical condition. Please pray for the souls of Pesha Leah and little Avrohom Dovid as they return to G-d above. Also please keep Rabbi Shneur Zalman ben Dabrusha in your prayers. It is customary to say Tehillim (Psalms) for a Refuah Shleimah (complete and speedy recover), so please take a minute out of your day to say Psalm 20, printed in English below, for Rabbi Zalman Liberow. May G-d watch over him during his speedy and complete recovery.

Baruch Dayan Ha’emes

Psalm 20:

1. For the Conductor, a psalm by David.   2. May the Lord answer you on the day of distress; may the Name of the God of Jacob fortify you.   3. May He send your help from the Sanctuary, and support you from Zion.    4. May He remember all your offerings, and always accept favorably your sacrifices.   5. May He grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill your every counsel.   6. We will rejoice in your deliverance, and raise our banners in the name of our God; may the Lord fulfill all your wishes.   7. Now I know that the Lord has delivered His anointed one, answering him from His holy heavens with the mighty saving power of His right hand.   8. Some [rely] upon chariots and some upon horses, but we [rely upon and] invoke the Name of the Lord our God.   9. They bend and fall, but we rise and stand firm.   10. Lord, deliver us; may the King answer us on the day we call.


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