In Parshas Ki Seitzei, we find a pasuk that holds profound comfort and strength for those facing suffering and illness. The Torah teaches us (D’varim 22:4): “You shall not see your brother’s donkey or ox fallen on the road and ignore them; you shall surely help him lift them up.”
Rashi draws a lesson from this pasuk that resonates deeply with those experiencing hardship. He reminds us that even if the donkey of an individual who dislikes you has fallen under its burden, you should still extend a hand to help. This teaches us the power of compassion and empathy, especially when it’s directed toward those who might not reciprocate our kindness.
In times of suffering and sickness, it’s easy to feel isolated and disconnected. Yet, Rashi’s commentary encourages us to rise above personal feelings and reach out to offer assistance and support, regardless of the circumstances. Just as we are commanded to help a fallen animal, we are reminded that kindness and care transcend personal differences.
This message carries a powerful reminder for those who are struggling with illness or hardship. Just as you might not know the depths of someone’s pain, others might not fully comprehend your struggle. Yet, the Torah’s call to lift up the fallen teaches us that extending a hand to help, even in the face of adversity, can have a profound impact. Just as we aspire to bring relief to an animal in distress, we can find strength in reaching out to one another with empathy, kindness, and the hope of brighter days ahead.
List of People Who Need a r’fuah sh’leimah (a complete recovery)
Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.
Binyamin Yaakov ben Ariel
Netaniel ben Bella Butio
Marik ben Raya
Reuven Shalom ben Sarah Leah
HaRav Shmuel Yaakov ben Yenta
Shoshanah bas Puah
Shani Shoshana bas Lily Leah
Esther Hadassah bas Devorah
Mitali Naomi bas Gilah Farcha
Rivkah bas Shoshanah
Brachah bas Shoshanah
Chayah Sophia bas Fanya
Mazal bas Rachel
Diana bas Berta
Alvera bas Sarah
Chayah Dinah bas Chanah Devorah
To add names of individuals who need a r’fuah sh’leimah