Probably few among the House of Israel chanted "Next Year in Jerusalem" more fervently and with more passion this Passover than members of the Biton family, who marked this year's Festival of Freedom by celebrating this year's seder in a hospital hallway.
The family was denied the privilege of spending the holiday at home due to a road terror attack several days ago left the family’s youngest child, 3-year-old Adelle, in critical condition. Mother Adva and sisters Na'ama and Avigayil were wounded in the crash caused by the rocks hurled at the family's vehicle as well.
The family was joined by many others who were stuck in the hospital for Passover as well as by relatives.
“The seder was a happy one,” Adva Biton told IDF Army Radio (Galei Tzahal). “A lot of aunts and uncles and family came, everyone was happy, we read the Hagaddah and sang, thank G-d… People who didn’t have a place for the seder joined us.”
“We see miracles every day,” she said.
The Hebrew month of Nissan “is the month of redemption,” she said. “With G-d’s help, the Holy One, Blessed is He, will redeem us with complete faith. We give Adelle Chaya our positive energy, our faithful thinking and the hope, that we are waiting for her and love her. There is no doubt that she feels it, and I know she is with me.”
There has been a slight improvement in Adelle’s condition, but she remains unconscious and on a respirator. “We need to pray. I believe that it is just a matter of time, we need to work on our patience, to pray and to wait,” Adva said.
She asked the public to keep praying for her daughter, whose Hebrew name is Adelle Chaya bat Adva.
“Thank you from the depths of my heart for the support we have received from all walks of society,” Adelle's mother said.
Security forces have arrested suspects in the attempted murder of the little girl and her family. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu personally called Adelle's father, Rafi Biton, just prior to the start of the holiday, on Monday afternoon, to inform him of the arrests in the case.
"I, my wife, Sarah, and the entire nation of Israel pray for the well-being of our sweet little one, Adelle," the prime minister said.