Makom Ba-Lev project commemorating the lives of our kedoshim in Eretz Yisrael. Message from Rabbi Rosenberg: The inspiration for this project comes from the words of HaRav Yehuda Amital, Zt’l, the founding Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion. When eight of the Yeshiva’s talmidim fell during the Yom Kippur War,

Rav Amital determined not merely to eulogize them, but to actually learn so much about them that their essence would become part of him. He later said, “I internalized everything. It became part of my personality. They live inside me. God, Knower of thoughts, Examiner of hearts, knows that there are elements of my personality that I internalized from what I remembered of them. I have been passing them onward for thirty years now, and so these elements yet live. In this respect, they are my teachers. My personality has been enriched.”

Over this past year and beyond, the ranks of the kedoshim in Israel have swelled, with attack following attack. Names and faces of victims flitted by without adequate time to give even a fraction of the kavod that each deserves. Dafna Meir, Hy’d, was one of these holy neshamot; there are so many more.

This is why I have begun the Makom Ba-Lev initiative. I invite you to visits sites like http://www.pmo.gov.il/English/TerrorInjured/Pages/

Find one particular person with whom you identify or whom you fear will be forgotten. Find out all that you can about that person. See if anything is being done to commemorate his or her life. Make a contribution but don’t stop there. Keep up the connection by reaching out to the family, if appropriate. See how they are coping with the loss and if you can be helpful, without, chas v’shalom, intruding in any unwanted fashion. Remember them and their lost relative in your tefilot. Dedicate learning to them. Make them a daily part of your spiritual life and of your milestone occasions. If you wish to share your experiences with others who are doing the same, click here to enter your experiences on the Makom Ba-Lev spreadsheet.