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The Needy

A child's suffering

One boy.
A boy stands facing the flames, his heart about to break. The flames make his heart flood with memories. Exactly one year ago, on the second night of Chanukah, was when it all began… the problem that ruined his life. Ever since that day, the noose has been tightening around his neck, refusing to slacken. An entire year! An entire year has passed and his parents see him and feel their eyes grow dark.
One year ago, on this night, the boy witnessed a terrible tragedy. His eyes saw unbearably terrible images and his terror at the sight of them etched them on his mind forever in full detail. It took a while before his parents understood what had happened. Their wonderful, talented son suddenly turned into a broken, wilted boy afraid of his own shadow. His parents tried to talk to him, as did family members and his mashgiach at yeshivah… to no avail. It was only when he had sessions with a professional psychologist that the truth came out. An entire year has passed and he still is not back to himself. The nightmarish images still haunt him every night. During the daytime, too, he sees the world as split into two: before the tragedy and after.
The family endured many serious outbursts, nights filled with tortured cries and terror-filled screams as the boy’s soul did battle with memories threatening to rip it to shreds. The children walked around on tip-toe, terrified of the next outburst. His parents see their beautiful home disintegrating before their eyes. Another son begins bringing home failing marks; another daughter becomes silent and withdrawn.
Kupat Ha’ir received the request and verified the details. The difficult situation at home is steadily deteriorating. The sessions the boy did have with a psychologist proved that he can be helped. There had been an improvement in his situation – but then the sessions came to an end due to a lack of funds.
In other homes, children are hungry for bread. Can we allocate funds for something other than food? And yet, are not the lives of this boy and his family hinged on the treatment he requires to the same degree as the lives of others are hinged on food?
The question is a heartbreaking, torturous one. To give or not to give?
 
 

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