21 years ago Mrs. Pesha Leah Lapine was murdered al kiddush hashem, the Rebbe took it very personally and attended her Levaya. Later the Rebbe gave over a Sicha which was seemingly more addressed to g-d rather then the people in the room.
The Rebbe said in an address after the tragic murder of wife and mother, Mrs. Pesha Leah Lapine:
Everything that occurs in this world is by Divine plan; how much more so when a Jewish life is given in sanctification of G-d’s Name. But that doesn’t make the pain any easier to bear…
It is said that Rabbi Yosef Caro was on such a high level that he earned the opportunity to give his life for G-d. Subsequently, however, he lost that merit, but instead went on to author the Code of Jewish Law. This proves that the merit of giving one’s life in sanctification of G-d’s Name is greater than becoming one of the chief expositors of Jewish law of all time!
As for G-d holding ‘precious’ the self-sacrifice of a Jew, it’s enough that Jews are in exile over 1900 years! May G-d spare us from all further sacrifices, and immediately send the Redemption, and the Resurrection, at which time she and her children will be joyfully reunited.
9 Adar I, 5752 – February 13, 1992