Why Was Yonah There?

This blog entry is a continuation of my Memorial for Yonah Goldman

 It was a question everyone was asking, yet no one knew the answer.  Yonah was killed in a car accident and therefore could not be asked.  Why was Yonah where he was when he was killed?  He should have driven a different route to work!  He was in the wrong area!  He never drove in this direction!  Why was he there?

The answer came one night when the family had a guest visit the house of mourning.  The guest sat down and began a story that would answer this question and sum up Yonah Goldman’s life.

It was raining hard and there was a woman waiting for a ride on the side of the road.  She was soaked from head to toe.  Yonah, on his way to work, saw her and decided to pull over and offer her a ride.  She was not exactly heading to the same location as Yonah, but was in the same general direction.  Yonah offered her a ride without hesitation.  Realizing he could not just let her off in the pouring rain, he said he would take her to the nearest gas station, where she would have shelter, and a place to ask other drivers for rides to where ever she was headed.

As Yonah pulled out of the gas station his car was hit by a truck.  He was not killed immediately.  He was in and out of consciousness for almost an hour before finally being called by the holy one.  A Rabbi who had witnessed the accident stayed with Yonah the entire time saying Tehillim, Vidui/Confession, and finally the Shema.

No one in the family was surprised when they heard this story.  This was Yonah’s life.  He loved to help others, make others smile.  He would do everything he can to help.

Please show your love and support to Yonah and his family.  If you are a member of Facebook please join the Yonah Memorial group.  Please post stories and pictures.  The family is part of this group and they read and view everything. I am in the process of setting up a fund to help his wife Dina and son Benyamin. I will post more details as they become available.

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In Memory of Yonah Goldman

Yonah Goldman was killed November 22, 2007 in a car accident.  Yonah was a very dear friend of mine and wonderful person.  He was buried in the land he loved most, Israel.  He had  studied in an Israel University, Machon Lev, and had a degree in marketing.

He was such a sweet hearted person, always with a smile, always telling jokes.  I will surely miss him.

He leaves behind a wife and sone, less than a year old.

Yonah, we will all miss you!

Yonah with his wife.

Yonah on his wedding day.

UPDATE 12/3/2007:

Sorry for not writing sooner.  I am in contact with two organizations that are working out setting up some way to make a donation.  One will be for people located in Israel and one for people located in America.  I will post more information when it becomes available.

I have spent the last week thinking of all the good times I had with Yonah.  His untimely death shocked me very hard and I felt I was not as good of a friend as I could have been to Yonah.  I decided I had to visit the family.  I had missed the funeral and I “owed” it to Yonah to visit his family.

I must say I felt much better after visiting the family in Kiryat Arba.  They were so full of smiles talking about Yonah.  I myself was full of smiles.  Yonah’s mother told me that Yonah lived his dream, “he lived more years than most people living in a complete lifetime”.  She didn’t need to tell me this, I knew it.  I spent years with Yonah trying to figure out how to live in Israel.  Where to study, where to find the best jobs and where to raise our children.

Yonah will be here forever, he was buried on Har Hamenuchot, in Givat Shaul.

 You can read more about how Yonah was killed doing a chesed/kind deed.