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A Mourner's Lament

July 23, 2009 | by Aish.com

 

As Leah is visiting her late father's grave in the Beth Israel Cemetery, she passes a woman who is sobbing and wailing at another grave. Leah can easily hear that the woman is saying, "Oh why, oh why did you die? Why did you have to die?"

After paying her respects to her father, Leah is leaving the cemetery when she passes the sobbing woman again. She is still wailing, "Why, oh why did you have to die?"

Leah feels pity for this woman and walks over to try to comfort her. "Pardon me, I hope you don't mind me coming over, but I heard your cries of pain and anguish. I assume the deceased was a relative of yours?"

"No she's not," says the other woman, "in fact I never met her before."

"Then why are you so sad?" asks Leah. "Who was she?"

"My husband's first wife," replies the woman




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