Bar Mitzvah Miracle: Rescuing Angels Reunite for a Joyful Celebration

Thirteen years ago, amid fraught circumstances, a miracle happened. A team of dedicated medics worked tirelessly to save the life of a newborn baby. Fast forward to today, the same group of individuals found themselves in an exuberant gathering, celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of the very child they had once fought to save. That child was Shmuel Kovetzik from Kfar Chabad.

Reflecting on the pivotal incident that marked the beginning of Shmuel’s journey, his father Shneor shared, “We had a traumatic and difficult event that, by the grace of God, ended in a visible miracle. We have remained in touch with the Magen David Adom team, remembering them on every birthday. It was a natural choice for us to invite them to celebrate Shmuel’s bar mitzvah with us.”

In Jewish tradition, a Bar Mitzvah marks a boy’s transition to adulthood at the age of 13, and a Bat Mitzvah does the same for girls at 12.

The lifesaving team, comprised of paramedic Icho Leibovitz, medics Shnior Tsik and Oren Roni, and paramedic student Mirit Halfon, faced an uphill battle during Shmuel’s birth. Shmuel was in a breech position at birth and was born unconscious without a pulse. For an agonizing ten minutes, the team worked resolutely to resuscitate him.

Leibovitz, reminiscing about the harrowing experience, noted, “It was the first time in my career that I performed CPR on a baby so young. All I could think about was saving his life in the most professional way possible.”

Miraculously, Shmuel was resuscitated and taken to the hospital. Months later, upon his discharge, the MDA team was invited back to celebrate his circumcision and naming ceremony.

Tsik, the first medic on the scene during Shmuel’s birth, remembered the event vividly. “His birth was one of my most complex and memorable events at MDA. Every time I see him and his family, I remember the story and get excited anew,” he said.

Shneor Kovetzik expressed his deep gratitude to the medics who had turned into family friends, dubbing them ‘angels in white.’ He said, “We were excited and very happy to see the angels who came to us today calm, relaxed, and without medical equipment.”

This heartwarming reunion is a testament to the resilience and spirit of the Israeli people. Israel is not just a land of beautiful landscapes and ancient traditions. It is also a nation of miracle workers who, day after day, work tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of its citizens. Today, we celebrate not just Shmuel’s journey to adulthood but also the everyday heroes who made it possible.