An Urgent Plea

I have an urgent request for all my friends out there in the blogosphere. My cousin Avi is desperately ill with leukaemia. Without going into all the details, it seems there were a lot of mistakes made by his doctors, which led to the disease being identified only when he was already in Stage 3 and even after that, we aren’t sure that the decisions which were made were, medically, the best decisions. He hasn’t been responding to the chemotherapy and the latest report I have received, this evening, is very grim. My father says it’s touch and go and that he may not even last the night.

When we Jews pray for a sick person, we always identify them by  their mother’s name, even though a Jew is traditionally known by his father’s name. This is because the father’s name is like a surname, but the mother is associated with life and the soul. Also, using the name of the mother is believed to be more likely to invoke mercy from the Almighty. The source for mentioning the name of the individual’s mother is King David’s entreaty (Psalms 116:16): “Please, O Lord, for I am Your servant; I am Your servant the son of Your handmaiden,” wherein he specifies his mother (although his father was also a very righteous person).

I don’t usually ask people, other than close friends, to join me in prayer, but I know that many of you are good, godfearing people, Jewish and non-Jewish, and I would like to entreat you all urgently to pray tonight for Avraham ben Dvorah (Avraham the son of Dvorah).

Thank you.


About Shimona from the Palace

Born in London, the UK, I came on Aliyah in my teens and now live in Jerusalem, where I practice law. I am a firm believer in the words of Albert Schweitzer: "There are two means of refuge from the sorrows of this world - Music and Cats." To that, you can add Literature. To curl up on the sofa with a good book, a cat at one's feet and another one on one's lap, with a classical symphony or concerto in the background - what more can a person ask for?
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10 Responses to An Urgent Plea

  1. CATachresis says:

    I am praying for Avi and also for you and your family. May the Lord give you strength xox

  2. I am sending it to my oldest son as well.

  3. Chrissie says:

    I will pray for Avraham ben Dvorah. I will also pray for all of you who love him so.

  4. Pati says:

    comment va-t-il ?? y a-t-il un mieux ??????? je l’espère.. tiens nous au courant, Shimona..
    Dans l’immédiat, on continue à lire……
    bon courage pour lui, ainsi à tous ceux qui l’aiment……..

    • Pati, the situation is very bad. The doctors say there is nothing more that can be done for him. His kidneys have ceased to function and they say he can’t last now more than a few hours. All we can do now is hope that the Almighty grant him a speedy release from his suffering and pray “l’ilui nishmato“.

      • Pati says:

        מחר, רק אלוהים יודע
        Shimona, j’ai eu il y a quelques années, une patiente de 34 ans qui avait exactement le même tableau clinique.. le monde médical nous avait donné juste deux ou trois jours.. en fait, DIEU en a décidé autrement, au bout de 6 mois, nous avions été manger au restaurant. et elle s’est éteinte 8 mois après, alors qu’ils avaient décidé de tenter une chimio…
        Il faut continuer à espérer.. tant qu’il y a un souffle de vie, et des personnes pour intercéder en sa faveur auprès de Dieu, tous les espoirs sont permis……..
        bon courage, Shimona……

      • Pati says:

        on continue à prier et à lire les tehilim.. ce soir, c’est shabbat, et roch hodesh Elloul… nous penserons à lui.
        On prie…… et demain, je demanderai une prière dans ma syna……..

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