|My husband awarded|
for his volunteer work to
improve our bus service
(photo by Batya Medad)
|Aharon Karov telling his miraculous story|
in Shiloh. (photo by Batya Medad)
If you're not familiar with Karov's story, this is it:
Some ten days after his wedding, Karov and his men were tasked with sweeping six buildings for explosives. As he ascended to the second floor of one building, a booby-trap was tripped. Karov was blasted into the stairwell and the entire building crumbled on top of him.
...one EMT actually proclaimed him dead. Then, feeling a faint pulse and realizing that he was not, an EMT made an incision in Karov’s throat to ensure he would keep breathing.
But with eight pieces of shrapnel in his head, all of his teeth knocked out, his nose dislodged, his left eye dismembered, and his stomach and upper left side of his body completely crushed, the prospects of his survival looked grim... (Times of Israel)
|A year after the injury, Karov in his first video interview.|
Credit: Channel 2 News, IDF blog
Since Karov's recovery, he is a popular and sought-after speaker. He told us that he is always asked what gave him the strength to fight his disabilities and the indescribable pain from which he suffered/suffers. His answer is that looks at everything as a "glass half full." He concentrates on what he can do. He doesn't mourn the loss of vision in one eye, because he is grateful to Gd to see from the other eye.
Karov's delivery is full of humor, yes, Jewish humor. He told us how excited he was months after being wounded when he was finally allowed to eat. He craved steak and all the trimmings but was given babyfood, which was just awful.
Having Karov address us on the eve of Chanukah was so perfect, because his story is a modern Chanukah story, just like the victories of the 1948 War for Israel's Independence, the 1967 Six Days War, the 1973 Yom Kippur War and Israel's technological research superiority over the predictions of the experts. According to logic and experts, there should never have been any of those victories, and according to the very skilled and experienced doctors who received the severely, mortally sic injured Aaron Karov, he was expected to die momentarily.
Chanukah is a Holiday celebrated by Jews, even those who are rather removed from Jewish Tradition. That too is an ongoing miracle and will no doubt encourage Gd to send us the Moshiach speedily in our days...
Video: The Story of Aharon Karov, made by his father.