In Suicide Note, Chaim Walder Insists He Is Innocent, Summons Rabbis To ‘A Din Torah In Heaven’

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — In a sad letter written before he took his own life, Chaim Walder continues to insist that he is innocent.

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NOTE FROM RABBI YAIR HOFFMAN:  IT IS THIS AUTHOR’S VIEW THAT TAKING ONE’S OWN LIFE CHALILAH IS NEVER THE ANSWER AND THAT ANYONE WHO HAS SUCH IDEATION, SHOULD IMMEDIATELY REACH OUT TO HATZALLAH (718) 230-1000 OR AMUDIM (718)  972-3000 OR THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE 800 273-8255 OR SOME OTHER EMERGENCY CONTACT.  THIS NOTE IS PROBLEMATIC IN SEVERAL AREAS: THE TORAH FORBIDS SUICIDE AND THE IDEA OF TAKING ONE’S LIFE TO TAKE OTHERS TO A DIN TORAH IN HEAVEN IS VERY DISTURBING. WE SHOULD HAVE MR. WALDER’S FAMILY IN OUR TEFILLOS, AS WELL AS ANYONE WHO HAS SUFFERED FROM THE PREDATORY BEHAVIORS OF OTHERS. ALL OF THEM ARE COMPLETELY INNOCENT.  ALSO, ALTHOUGH RABBI SHMUEL ELIYAHU DOES NOT FULLY SHARE THE IDEOLOGY OF THE CHAREIDI YESHIVA COMMUNITY, HE IS A TRUE TALMID CHOCHOM AND TZADDIK.  HIS EFFORTS TO PROTECT KLAL YISROEL IN LIGHT OF THE RECORDINGS AND NUMEROUS TESTIMONIES ARE EXEMPLARY, AND FOLLOW THE RULINGS OF RAV ELYASHIV ZT”L AS WELL AS YLC”A RAV CHAIM KANIEVSKY SHLITA.   MAY WE SEE YESHUOS AND NECHAMOS BEKAROV.

Walder wrote that “I have gone to summon Yehuda Silman and Shmuel Eliyahu to a Din Torah in heaven. I have come to the conclusion that in the world of lies I have no chance of proving my innocence. I am dealing with horrific lies covered in anonymity, without any possibility of proving that they have no factual basis.

“I have reached the extreme limit of human suffering which is possible. They insulted me about the things which I was best at and which I dedicated my life to- supporting and protecting children.

“I am grateful to all those who believed in me: May you be blessed! To all those who didn’t I say that even if you have given up on me, do not give up on my books. Every line, word and letter of them was written from a genuine desire to do good, to be helpful, to improve, to strengthen, to help, to contribute, to build and to repair the world! I never wrote without first having a desire to bring good to the world and its inhabitants.

“I am thankful to the Creator of the World for my loving and supportive family who are my entire world, and for the mission which was placed in my hands – talent, inspiration and the ability to contribute to the world. Hashem gave and Hashem took away, may Hashem’s name be blessed.”

Chaim Walder

 


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