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).