By COLlive reporter
A memorial ceremony organized to mark the untimely and sudden passing of Uri Gurary obm was held at the Chabad center in Antwerp, Belgium.
In an emotional speech, local Shliach Rabbi Mendel Gurary said it was difficult for him to speak at this time, but requested that the public honor his son’s memory by continuing in his pious ways.
He said that he spent time thinking how can such a tragedy happen on the joyous holiday of Purim, when the 20-year-old students of Beis Medrash Oholei Torah shockingly passed away.
The father told the crowd of around 700 men and women that he thinks the theme of Purim is Jewish unity, such as the Mitzvos of Mishloach Manos and charity to the poor.
When the tragedy occurred, there was a wonderful show of unity among his friends and acquaintances, Rabbi Gurary said. “Everyone tried to help in every way possible and felt the great pain. This was the largest Shalach Manos I’ve ever seen on Purim.”
Rabbi Eliyahu Aftergut of the local Yeshivas Etz Chaim noted how Uri Gurary “was a talented person who loved helping less advanced bochurim with their learning. It gave them new hope and light in their lives.”
Other speakers included Antwerp Chief Rabbis Dovid Moshe Lieberman and Aharon Shiff, as well as Antwerp Head Shliach Rabbi Shabtai Slavatitzki.
Participants left with event with deep emotion and inspiration of the power of the teachings of chassidus to guide people through such a tragedy with a strong faith in Hashem and His ways.