A Match-a-thon charity fundraising campaign in currently underway for the family of the Lubavitcher who was a victim of a stabbing attack last week. While his attacker remains at large, Leibi Brikman is still bedridden after undergoing multiple invasive procedures at NYU Hospital due to a collapsed lung.
Leiby was married just one month to his wife, Mushka, when he was stabbed with a knife by a black male last Wednesday, which the NYPD and NYC Mayor de Blasio have suggested may be a crime motivated by “hate”. Leiby’s parents, Rabbi Chaim and Rivky Brikman, are Shluchim serving the Seagate and Coney Island Jewish communities. Their friends have launched the Match-a-thon to help alleviate some of the financial burden
In a letter signed by “those who have been helped” by the Brikman parents, friends relate the tragic episode, from the attack to the emergency transfer to NYU, also noting — tragically — that the family are no strangers to hospital visits after having endured a fair share themselves, and conclude by asking Jews all over to unite in this great Mitzvah:
Leibi Brikman, the newly married young man who was stabbed last week in broad daylight in the heart of Crown Heights, was getting ready to be released from Kings County Hospital, when things turned sour and his lung collapsed again. He was transferred by Hatzala to NYU Hospital and underwent yet another procedure.
His parents Rabbi Chaim & Rivky Brikman, dedicated Shluchim servicing the Sea-Gate & Coney Island communities, are unfortunately as of late no strangers to hospitals.
How much can one endure?
It’s not enough that the father had a brain tumor at age 25?
It’s not enough that he had asecond brain tumor 10 years later?
Not enough that they were focused the whole time on doing for others, in Sea-Gate, throughout Brooklyn and beyond?
Not enough that they rallied their community when it was nearly destroyed in superstorm Sandy?
Not enough that the day their newlywed daughter was to move to Sea-Gate to further their work there, her husband was rushed to Sloan Kettering with a tumor?
Not enough that they got through this and — Mazel tov!! — their son got engaged and married three weeks ago.
NO. It’s obviously not enough. Because last week their newly married son was stabbed in the back and left fighting for his life.
Rabbi & Mrs. Brikman are famous for helping everyone and anyone – except themselves. And they are not asking now. And if you ask them if they need help, they will change the subject.
But don’t ask them: Ask yourself. And then you should give. Give the way Rabbi Chaim and Rivky have given of themselves over the past quarter century. To Jews of all walks of life and communities. As a rabbi/EMT/medical coach he not only helps everyone, he helps everyone who helps everyone.
Now it is our time to help them. Because to help them is to help the hundreds and thousands that they in turn help. What Hashem’s reasons are we will never know. But we must do our part. Enough is enough; at least financially this dynamite couple should have no worries. Enough is enough. This cannot be endured.
Donate to the campaign here