Praying for a Soldier - Do you believe who I got?
The OU website says the following:
Pray for one person
A new initiative by Rav Simcha Kook, Rav of Rechovot, and the Bostoner Rebbe, calls for people to take upon themselves to pray for one specific soldier or resident of the North. Every participant in the program will be given the Hebrew name of someone in danger in Israel to pray for. This initiative has been endorsed by gedolim in Eretz Yisrael.
The Medrash Rabah and the Yalkut relate that during the war against Midyon, for every one that went out to battle there was a designated person whose task it was to pray and learn for him. Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlita, when asked about this tradition, pointed out that Dovid Hemelech instituted this practice as well.
Anyone that wishes to participate should email firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 011 9722 6512950, or submit requests to the Young Israel at 212-929-1525 ext 100/101 or fax 212-727-9526 and the name of someone to daven for will be sent to you shortly thereafter.
(I mentioned the Midrash here.)
Well, they had a Tehillim gathering at a local synagogue that I attended. After the Tehillim, they had the names of soldiers on small strips of paper in a box, and everyone who wanted to picked one to pray for. They said that there were about 500 names in the box. I happened to pick:
גלעד בן אביבה
I tremble at the task at hand.