Bringing Ariel Home

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Twelve years after our beloved son Ariel Chaim z’l passed away, we have finally brought him home.

His holy grave has been moved to the holy soil of Israel.

Ariel’s new headstone is composed as a Hebrew acrostic, a traditional piyyut. The English translation by our friends Marilyn Selber and Geri Wiener preserves the acrostic that spells out Ariel’s name with the first letter of each verse.

Here lies our son, brother, grandson, precious and beloved

Ariel Chaim Avrech

Son of Reuven Yaakov and Chasia Singer Avrech


A young man, mature in wisdom, wise beyond his years

Ready always to fulfill G-d’s will, his path was sweet and pure

Immersed in Torah as our wise and brilliant sages, he learned Torah days and nights

Esteemed and beloved by his community, by his friends, and by Rabbis

Life’s joy filled his heart, as did his love of G-d and fear of heaven


Chein* and loving kindness radiated from his sweet face

How mightily he bore great pain and suffering, his strength and courage from his trust in G-d

Always honest, upright and humble, so careful in the words he spoke

Intent on performing mitzvot** with enthusiasm, he focused on every detail

May Ariel Chaim’s memory never be forgotten and be a blessing for ***Klal Yisrael


Born April 2, 1981 – Died July 1, 2003

He was cut down in the midst of life

May his memory never be forgotten


Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives a peaceful and holy Shabbat.

*favor     **commandments   ***The Jewish People

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  1. DrCarol
    Posted August 5, 2015 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    May his memory be a blessing to you. His life has had a global impact, as you share him with your readers, and we mourn his loss with you all.

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  2. GW
    Posted August 3, 2015 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Your son was lucky to be so loved. May his memory be a blessing and may you be reunited in the fulness of time.

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  3. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted August 2, 2015 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Karen and I are deeply grateful for all the generous comments posted here and on Facebook. May we all share s’machot (joyous occasions) together in the future.

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  4. Posted August 2, 2015 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    HaMakom yenachem….
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  5. dahozho
    Posted July 31, 2015 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    May Ariel’s z”l memory be for a blessing; and may he rest peacefully until the day that is Eternally Shabbos.

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  6. orcadrvr
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    He was blessed to have such loving parents.

    You will meet again, I am certain.

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  7. kishke
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    תהא נפשו צרורה בצרור החיים את ה’ אלוקי ישראל
    May you have nechamah along with all of klal Yisrael.

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  8. bassetgrrl
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    May G-d bring you comfort, somehow. And may Ariel Chaim’s memory be for a blessing.

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  9. Pearl
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    What a mitzvah you have been able to perform for Ariel, z”l. No doubt something that has been discussed again and again, as difficult a decision as it may be, because of distance now, but you and Karen and the family were able to do this. Kol Hakavod to you all.
    May Ariel rest in peace, and may his memory continue to be a blessing for you all.

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