This past week, Leora Bastiker, daughter of David and Sara Bedein gave birth to a boy, her first child. (the fifth grandchild for David and Sara)
The Brit covenant circumcision cerermony – which welcomed the little fellow into the Jewish people – was held at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
At the Brit, Leora & her husband Avichai gave their first born son the name of Avraham, who scioned the Hebrew nation and fought for justice on behalf of all peoples.
The name Avraham reminds everyone that the first piece of land that Avraham bought in the land of Israel was the Cave of the Patriarchs, which he purchased initially as the burial plot for Avraham’s wife Sara, as described in Genesis 23. This became the burial place for Avraham, Isaac , Jacob and their wives- Sara, Rivka and Leah
The name also reminds us of Avichai ‘s grandfather Avraham, from Bombai , India, and who was murdered by a Moslems , shortly before Avichai’s father, Rahamim, arrived in Israel as a child, courtesy of the Jewish Agency, in 1962.
The name also reminds us of the New York-born Abraham Levy, maternal grandfather of David Bedein,now the grandfather of the newest Avraham.
Grandpa Abe, a veteran of World War I, served as the commander of the American Legion in Long Island, New York in the 1930’s, where he led a lonely fight to close down the American Nazi presence in the US.
The German American Bund was located near the home of Abe and Rose Levy in Lynnbrook, New York. He was ahead of his time when he fought against the Bund, which retaliated in a counter attack to discredit Abe Levy’s good name.
David Bedein often says that he inherited the tenacity to fight against all odds from what he learned from his grandfather’s passion to fight the Nazis in New York, long before they murdered six million Jews.
LEORA BASTIKER WITH BABY AVRAHAM, A FEW MINUTES AFTER HIS “BRIT”, AT THE CAVE OF THE PATRIARCHS. JULY 24, 2016.