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Terror Attacks

Terror Attacks

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When a terror attack occurs anywhere in Israel, CTVP springs into action instantaneously. Utilizing the resources of over 300 Chabad Houses across Israel, volunteers are sent out immediately to be with the victim and his or her family. When there is family in other parts of the country, the local Chabad House near them cares for those family members as well.

Immediate assessments are made as to each family’s needs. Comfort and counseling are provided on the spot to families anxiously waiting in emergency wards and hospital corridors.

U.S. Graduate Student Killed in Stabbing Near Jaffa Marina

 Officials in Israel at the scene of a terrorist attack near the Jaffa Marina, which lies adjacent to Tel Aviv. (Photo: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Officials in Israel at the scene of a terrorist attack near the Jaffa Marina, which lies adjacent to Tel Aviv. (Photo: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

A Vanderbilt University graduate student was killed and 11 others were wounded, some critically, near the Jaffa marina adjacent to Tel Aviv in a stabbing rampage by a 22-year-old Palestinian terrorist.

Vanderbilt Chancellor Nick Zeppos said in a letter to the university community that Taylor Force, 29, a student at the Owen Graduate School of Management in Nashville, Tenn., was killed during a visit geared to focus on global entrepreneurship. Force was expected to “share his insights and knowledge with start-ups in Israel,” said Zeppos.

Zeppos said Force “exemplified the spirit of discovery, learning and service that is the hallmark of our wonderful Owen community.”

“This horrific act of violence has robbed our Vanderbilt family of a young hopeful life and all of the bright promise that he held for bettering our greater world,” said Zeppos.

The attacker, a resident of Qalqilya in Samaria, struck at three locations near the marina before he was shot dead by police.

Rabbi Shlomo Rothstein, co-director of the Rohr Chabad House at Vanderbilt, said “our heart and prayers go out to Taylor Force’s family, friends and the entire Vanderbilt community, although no words can comfort such pain. Unfortunately, this is one of many such attacks that were committed recently. Let’s work to stop the attacks!”

“It is incumbent upon all people who value life and goodness,” he continued, “to call for the Palestinian leaders to stop teaching hate and death, and to actively teach peace and coexistence with Israel and all nations, no matter how different.”

The attack took place while U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was attending an event at the nearby Peres Center for Peace. In a statement released by his office, Biden “condemned in the strongest possible terms the brutal attack.” He expressed his sorrow at the “tragic loss of American life” and offered his condolences to the family of the murdered U.S. citizen, as well as his wishes for full and quick recoveries for the wounded.

It was the third terrorist attack in Israel on Tuesday. Earlier in the day in Petach Tikvah, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed and wounded a Jewish man in his late 30s. Despite his injuries, the victim managed to pull the knife from his own neck and kill his attacker with it.

In Jerusalem, an Arab terrorist riding a motorbike opened fire on police near the Damascus Gate to the Old City. He was shot dead after wounding two officers, one seriously.

Terrorist Kills Mother of Six in Hebron Hills

Dafna Meir, 39, worked as a nurse and a premarital counselor

Israeli soldiers scour the Hebron Hills for the killer of a 39-year-old mother of six in Otniel.
Israeli soldiers scour the Hebron Hills for the killer of a 39-year-old mother of six in Otniel.

Israeli security forces were searching the area around the town of Otniel in the Hebron Hills after a local worker stabbed to death a mother of six in her home.

The victim, 39-year-old Dafna Meir, who worked as a nurse and a premarital counselor, confronted her attacker at the entrance to her home soon after sundown on Sunday. According to Channel 2 news in Israel, her husbandNatan was not at home at the time of the attack; in his stead, three of her four children tried to help her fight off the attacker.

After the terrorist fled, Meir’s 15-year-old daughter notified police and gave them his description. First responders from the Magen Dovid Adom emergency medical service found Meir unconscious and without a pulse; she was soon pronounced dead at the scene.

A video of the terrorist, who police say is a local laborer, was taken by security cameras as he was fleeing the town of about 130 families. An intense search is currently underway in Arab villages near the attack.

“We are all in grief,” said Rabbi Yosef Dahan, director of Chabad-Lubavitch in Otniel. “Otniel is so small; we are like one large family. The Meir family is now surrounded by those who are the very closest to them; they are putting together the funeral arrangements; and thechevra kadisha [burial society] is doing what it must.”

The victim was remembered as a joyful person by her neighbors. Meir worked at Beersheva’s Soroka Medical Center and a premarital counselor for brides. She and her husband are the biological parents of four children, and foster parents to two others. 

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“She was a happy woman—joyful, optimistic, driven, responsible, loving,” a neighbor, Yishai Klein, told Ynet news. “Everyone in the settlement who was in pain knew they could call her 24 hours a day.”

She was the 29th Israeli to die in a wave of terrorist attacks that began in October.

The attack came just minutes after another stabbing was prevented in nearby Kiryat Arba. In that incident, a female terrorist was apprehended with a knife in her handbag before she was able to inflict any wounds.

Dafna Meir will be laid to rest on Monday morning at 11 a.m. at Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem. The procession will begin at 9 a.m. in Otniel.

Two Victims of Terror Stabbings Near Jaffa Gate Laid to Rest

One man called a beloved teacher, a second lauded as a devoted father

Two men were killed and a third wounded in a terrorist stabbing attack outside the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City in Jerusalem. (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Two men were killed and a third wounded in a terrorist stabbing attack outside the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City in Jerusalem. (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM—Two Jewish men who were killed in a terrorist stabbing attack yesterday just outside the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City have been laid to rest in Jerusalem. A third stabbing victim remains hospitalized.

Rabbi Reuven Birmacher, a 45-year-old teacher at the Aish Hatorah yeshivah in the Old City was laid to rest late Wednesday night. Funeral services for OferBen Ari were held on Thursday.

Born in Argentina, Birmacher immigrated to Israel after becoming more religiously observant, studying at the Belz chassidic group’s Torah V'Emunayeshivah. In recent years he devoted his life to Torah study and teaching.

Birmacher, a resident of Kiryat Ye’arim, is survived by his wife and seven children."He was a beloved rabbi and admired greatly by the Spanish branch of our yeshivah," said Rabbi Steven Burg, Director General of Aish HaTorah. "The rabbi used the morning to teach Torah and was murdered on his way out of the Old City. The entire yeshivah will attend the funeral. May G‑d strengthen us in this difficult time and we pray the rabbi will be an atonement on behalf of all of Israel."

Ben Ari passed away after being rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center with a gunshot wound sustained as the two terrorists were shot and killed by police. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

“He was a hero, we have good memories. He was a man of gold who never harmed anyone,” Ben Ari’s 16-year-old daughter told the Walla news site.

“He was always supportive and he could not even kill a bug,” she said. “It is hard and we cannot stomach it, that such an amazing person died. It is inconceivable.”

Rabbi Reuven Birmacher, a 45-year-old teacher at the Aish Hatorah yeshivah was killed in the attack.
Rabbi Reuven Birmacher, a 45-year-old teacher at the Aish Hatorah yeshivah was killed in the attack.

The terrorists were identified by authorities as former security prisoners Issa Asaf, 21, and Anan Hamad, 20, both from the Qalandia refugee camp. Hamad was arrested in 2010 for threatening Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint, and Asaf was jailed earlier this year for participating in violent demonstrations.

A third stabbing victim remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition at Shaare Zedek.

More than 20 terror victims have been killed and scores injured in a wave of attacks since October 2015. Jerusalem has been a focal point of the violence, with a number of attacks taking place inside or near the Old City.

 

Terrorists Kill Five Innocents in Israel

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2 Murdered in Tel Aviv Prayer-Service Stabbing  & Three Murdered, Including U.S. Student, in Drive-By Shooting in Gush Etzion

Tel Aviv Attack

Two men were killed and a third wounded when a terrorist attacked worshippers during afternoon prayer service at a Judaica store within an office building on Ben Tzvi Street in Tel Aviv.

The dead were identified as AharonYisayev, 32, from Holon; and AviramReuven, 51, from Ramle. Yisayev, who became Torah-observant as an adult, leaves behind a wife and five children who study at religious educational institutions in Holon. Funeral details have not yet been determined. 

Aharon Yisayev, 32, from Holon
Aharon Yisayev, 32, from Holon

The injured victim, a man in his 50s, remains in moderate condition. He was treated by Magen David Adom paramedics at the scene and taken to Ichilov Hospital.

The suspected stabber, a 36-year-old Palestinian from the village of Dura near Hebron, was caught by a bystander, who subdued him until police arrived.

According to the Shin Bet security services, the attacker received a work permit approximately a month ago. Employed at a local Bukharian restaurant, he told police that he got a job in Tel Aviv in order to attack and kill Jews. He had no prior record of security-related offenses.

Police at the scene where two men were killed after leaving afternoon prayer services in a Tel Aviv office building.

Police at the scene where two men were killed after leaving afternoon prayer services in a Tel Aviv office building.

Gush Etzion Attack 

Three people were killed and seven wounded in a terrorist drive-by shooting in the Gush Etzion section of Judea, following terrorist stabbings earlier in the day that left two men dead in Tel Aviv.

One of the victims was Ezra Schwartz, 18, from Sharon, Mass., who had been studying at a Yeshiva Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Rabbi Yaakov Don, 49, was also murdered in the attack. Don was a resident of Alon Shvut, an educator and a father of four. He died after being evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem with bullet wounds to his upper body. The third victim was a Palestinian bystander.

The Beit Shemesh municipality stated it was “shocked and grief-stricken by the murder of the yeshivah student in the shooting attack at Gush Etzion.” 

“Ezra was a genuinely nice guy,” says Berri Wolosow, who played baseball with him as a child. “His father arranged and coached ashomer Shabbos Little League baseball team, and we were on it together.”

“Even though we went to different schools,” continues Wolosow, whose parents, Rabbi Chaim and Sara Wolosow, co-direct the Chabad Center of Sharon, “he would make the effort to maintain a friendship with us long after we outgrew Little League. That’s just how he was.”

Ezra Schwartz, a yeshivah student from Sharon, Mass., as a student volunteer with the IDFSchwartz had traveled to Gush Etzion along with five other students from abroad to hand out food to soldiers. The others were lightly wounded and are being treated at Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem.

Members of the Magen David Adom ambulance service said the attack began when two terrorists opened fire on other vehicles from their car near Tzomet Gevaot. From there, they drove to the nearby Alon Shevut Junction and ran over at least one other person before they were shot and taken into custody by security forces.

Ezra Schwartz, a yeshivah student from Sharon, Mass., as a student volunteer with the IDF 

Hundreds Mourn Father and Son Murdered on Way to Pre-Wedding Celebration

Hundreds gathered at the the funeral of Rabbi Yaakov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, who were murdered by terrorists while driving to a family celebration. (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Hundreds gathered at the the funeral of Rabbi Yaakov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, who were murdered by terrorists while driving to a family celebration. (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

 

JERUSALEM—Family and friends had to physically support an inconsolable young bride-to-be at the funeral of her father and brother,which was attended by hundreds of people in Jerusalem on Saturday night. They were slain by terrorists while traveling Friday to attend a pre-wedding celebration with her future husband.

Rabbi Yaakov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, were shot outside of Otnielin Judea, near Hebron. Five family members who were with them in their car suffered minor wounds, including Litman’s wife; three daughters aged 5, 9 and 11; and a 16-year-old son. The family, residents of Kiryat Arba, was driving to Meitar to celebrate the aufruf (pre-wedding aliyah to the Torah) of Ariel Biegel, the groom-to-be.

Litman’s daughter, Sarah Techiya, who had stayed behind in Kiryat Arba for her own Shabbat Kallah (pre-wedding celebration), cried out at the funeral: “I wanted you at my wedding. Who will escort me to the chuppah? You were such a good father, why did you leave me?”

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday, authorities announced the arrest of a terrorist near Hebron in a joint security operation between the Shin Bet security forces and the Israel Defense Forces Duvdevan counter-terrorism unit, and seized what they believe is the murder weapon, as well as the vehicle used in the attack. They said that the terrorist implicated himself in the attack during interrogation. A search continues for possible accomplices.

A Teacher of Young Children

“We were very close with the Litman family,” said Rabbi Yosef Nachshon, program director of Chabad of Kiryat Arba. “It is a small community here, and everyone knows everyone, but Yaakov Litman taught first- and second-graders in our Gan Chabad for the past six years, so he was an especially good friend. He was a man who always had a smile on his face and was very warm in nature. The children loved him.”

Malachi Levinger, the mayor of Kiryat Arba, said that “Rabbi Yaakov was one of the dedicated teachers in our city. A teacher who gave the children of Kiryat Arba/Hebron Torah and knowledge on various subjects and, above all, did everything warmly and with a constant smile that inspired a lot of good in wherever he was. Netanel was of the precious boys of Hebron who volunteered at MDA [Magen Dovid Adom ambulance service] and had a great future.”

 

Ariel Biegel and Sarah Yechiya Litman at their recent engagement party

Ariel Biegel and Sarah Yechiya Litman at their recent engagement party

 

Speaking to the mourners as the two were laid to rest in Jerusalem, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin praised the father’s work as a teacher and the teenager’s work as a volunteer for the national emergency medical service. Rivlin said there is no difference between terror attacks in Israel and those abroad, like the multiple attacks in Paris in which nearly 130 were massacred on Friday night.

“I do not distinguish between terrorism and terrorism. No terrorism is justifiable. There is no terrorism that is more justified or less justified,” said Rivlin. “The scenes of death and bloodshed we have witnessed in Paris, throughout the Middle East and here in our country should serve as a warning to us all. Whether in Paris or Hebron, Jerusalem or New York, we must fight a bitter and stubborn struggle against those who massacre innocent people—against those who murder in cold blood.”

 

Rabbi Yaakov Litman, 40, right, and his son Netanel, 18

Rabbi Yaakov Litman, 40, right, and his son Netanel, 18

 

 

 

 

Seven Dead, More Than 70 Injured in Shooting and Stabbings in Past 2 Weeks

 

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JERUSALEM—At least three Israelis were killed and more than 20 injured by midday on Tuesday in a series of shootings and stabbing attacks around Israelthat marked a deadly escalation in two weeks of terrorist violence.

In the center of the city, a driver rammed his car into a bus stop and then began stabbing people on Jerusalem’s Malchei Israel Street, killing one person.

The victim was identified as 60-year-old Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky. His funeral began at 2 p.m. at the Pinsk Karlin Synagogue in the Beit Yisrael neighborhood of Jerusalem. He is survived by a son, Schneur Zalman Krishevsky of Bnei Brak. The driver was identified as an employee of the Bezeq electricity company who lived in eastern Jerusalem. He was shot and captured by police.

 

 

 

 

 

Magen David Adom ambulance service said that five Israelis were rushed to the hospital with moderate injuries in the attack.

Meanwhile, two people were killed and more than 15 were injured when two terrorists opened fire and stabbed passengers on a bus in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv. One of the attackers was shot and killed, and the second was captured, according to Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

Following the attacks, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called on the Israeli government to “immediately implement drastic measures to ensure the security and safety of Jerusalem residents throughout the city.”

In the central town of Ra’anana, six Israelis were injured in a stabbing attack in the center of town. All of the victims were moderately or lightly injured and taken to the hospital, according to Magen David Adom. The attacker was hospitalized in serious condition after being struck by a car after attempting to flee the scene. Less than two hours earlier, a terrorist stabbed an Israeli at a bus station in Ra’anana before being wrestled to the ground by bystanders. Police said both the attacker and victim were wounded.

Tuesday’s attacks represented an ongoing escalation of more than 30 stabbings and other terrorist attacks in Israel since the beginning of October. They followed four stabbing attacks in Jerusalem the day before, including one in which a 13-year-old boy riding his bicycle home from school was critically wounded by two Arab cousins, ages 13 and 15.

 

The site where a terrorist rammed his car into pedestrians on Malchei Yisrael Street in Jerusalem. (Photo: Hadas Parush/FLASH90)

The site where a terrorist rammed his car into pedestrians on Malchei Yisrael Street in Jerusalem. (Photo: Hadas Parush/FLASH90)

 

Continued Calls for MitzvahsTorah Study and Prayer

In Israel, the Chabad-Lubavitch Youth Organization encouraged Jews the world over to join in the effort of encouraging others to don tefillin for the sake of the safety of the Jewish people.

There were also calls by rabbinic leaders around the world for increases in Torah study, prayer and other mitzvahs, in addition to donning tefillin. For suggestions of what Jewish people around the world can do to help their brethren in Israel, 

The tefillin campaign in particular comes in light of instructions given by theRebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, who had issued a similar call during other dangerous times in Israel. Before the outbreak of the June 1967 war, for example, the Rebbe prompted an active campaign for Jewish males over the age of 13 to perform the mitzvah of tefillin.

Wrapping tefillin is part of the Rebbe’s 10 mitzvah campaigns introduced between the years of 1967 and 1976, which formed the platform upon which the Rebbe’s far-reaching program to revitalize Jewish life and observance throughout the world was built.

The laying of tefillin instills fear in the enemy, explain the sages of the Talmud, quoting: “Then all the peoples of the earth will see that the name of the Lord is called upon you, and they will fear you.” (Deuteronomy 28:10).

 

The site of a terror attack in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem. Two people were killed and more than 15 wounded, six of them seriously, when two terrorists armed with guns and knives boarded a bus, and then began shooting and stabbing. (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)

The site of a terror attack in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem. Two people were killed and more than 15 wounded, six of them seriously, when two terrorists armed with guns and knives boarded a bus, and then began shooting and stabbing. (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)

 

Psalms and Other Assistance for the Wounded

The Chabad Terror Victims Project (ctvp.org), Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries and volunteers are continuing their work of encouraging and assisting the wounded in the recent attacks in Israel. They are lifting their morale and trying to cheer them up with gifts and encouragement, in addition to providing emergency financial aid for those who need it.

The public is asked to continue their prayers for the wounded.

Here is a list as of Monday afternoon. Names will be added as they become available.

Odel bat Miryam

Natan ben Odel

Moshe ben Orli

Meir Yitzchak ben Sarah Imeinu

Aharon Moshe Chaim ben Chaya Chana

Dvir ben Shoshana

Avraham ben Rut

Ron Shai bat Sigalit

Sahar bat Shoshana

Adi ben Rut

Niv ben Yardana

Moshe ben Daisy

Meor Ephraim ben Fortuna Daniella

Moshe ben Edgach

Liat bat Yael

Orel bat Limor

Yosef Chaim ben Zahava

 

Chabad Terror Victims Project released this list of the wounded in need of prayer.

Chabad Terror Victims Project released this list of the wounded in need of prayer.

 

 

 

CTVP Staff & Volunteers are on high alert after a rocket from Gaza explodes in Israel, triggering Israeli Response

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CTVP Staff & Volunteers are on high alert after a rocket from Gaza exploded in the Gan Yavne region, east of Ashdod on Tuesday evening,shattering four weeks of quiet and setting off air raid sirens in the Ashdod and Lakhish regions.

In response, the Israeli Air Force attacked four targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday morning, following an earlier rocket attack on Israeli territory.


The IDF identified the targets, in the southern part of the coastal enclave, as terror infrastructure. 

The army added that it viewed the Tuesday rocket attack on Israel with severity and it holds Hamas responsible. 

A rocket from Gaza exploded in the Gan Yavne region, east of Ashdod on Tuesday evening,shattering four weeks of quiet and setting off air raid sirens in the Ashdod and Lakhish regions.

Apart from a 15-year-old girl who was taken to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashdod  suffering from a panic attack, the rocket failed to cause injuries, though emergency responders were still assessing on Tuesday whether the projectile had caused any damages.  

Tuesday's rocket was the first mid-range rocket attack since the ceasefire went into effect on August 26 following the month-and-a-half long war with Gaza known as Operation Protective Edge. 

There was no immediate indication about which terrorist group fired the rocket.

 

Boruch Dayan HaEmes: Adele Biton, 5, HYD

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It is with deepest pain and anguish that we inform you of the passing of 5-year-old Adele Biton, HYD. She was critically injured two years ago in an automobile accident that occurred as a result of a rock-throwing attack by Palestinians in the West Bank.

Amid the barrage of rocks, Adele’s mother lost control of the car and slammed into the rear of a truck parked on the side of the road.

Adele’s two sisters and mother, as well as four other Israelis, were also wounded in the attack.

After 18 months of operations and hospitalization, Adele was permitted to return home in August 2014. Now, a half year later, she slipped into critical condition in Schneider Children’s Hospital in Petach Tikvah with a severe bout of pneumonia that led to systemic complications.

Chabad’s Terror Victims Project has been with the Biton family since the tragic terror attack. And we will continue to be there for them now to offer all the comfort, support and assistance that we can in the dark and painful days that they now face. 

CTVP Responds to the Pain that is Wracking the Hearts of Jews Around the Globe…

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These words are being written as great pain wracks the hearts of Jews around the globe. 

Four Rabbis, wrapped in tallis and tefillin, deep in prayer to the Almighty, were slaughtered in their synagogue in the midst of the Har Nof section of Jerusalem, their lives violently taken by Palestinian terrorists who attacked them with axes, meat cleavers and guns. 

The shock and horror fill our thoughts and we are left reeling, asking ourselves what can we do?  So many of us live an ocean away, how can we help the widows and orphans, the injured and their families, and all of Israel in the face of this tragedy that is beyond comprehension?

There is a way. The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, taught us that there is something we can do to help.

The Rebbe taught us the great power of a mitzvah.

A mitzvah reaches deep into the core of our being – inside where we are all one -- where the physical distance between us is of no consequence. At this core, a positive deed on our part will help bring salvation.

We visited the families of the four Rabbis, whose lives have been shattered with grief. We talked with members of the extended families about beginning a Mitzvah Campaign in their memory. They told us to please go ahead and do so.

When tragedy has struck in the past, the Rebbe made practical suggestions of mitzvahs that would elicit G-d’s blessings and protection.

Let us not underestimate the real power of good in our world! 

Please take a moment to do one or more of the following mitzvahs and then add your pledge to our mitzvah counter. We will let the families know the number of mitzvahs done in the memory of their loved ones.

Each mitzvah we do begets another mitzvah.

We want you to know that we are arranging for financial assistance for the families of the four Rabbis and also for the families of the injured who are fighting for their lives in the hospitals.

We are also providing all the emotional and practical help we can, including for the wife of one of the injured Rabbis.   The father of a large family with 10 children, was stabbed repeatedly in the head, the back and the arm during the rampage. Thank G‑d, the attack missed his brain, spine and all his vital organs.

He is in the hospital and will be there for a while. His wife is with him and needs to stay at the Hadassah Malonit (hotel adjacent to Hadassah Hospital) and CTVP will cover the costs for her. Babysitters are being organized for the children. 

Whatever CTVP can possibly do for these families, we will do, and we will do so for as long as they need us by their sides, no matter how long that is.

Please participate in this important Mitzvah Campaign on their behalf by clicking here. Thank you.   

Five Killed in Terror Attack at Jerusalem Synagogue. 8 More injured

Israeli rescue personnel carry out the bodies of the victims killed earlier today when two terrorists from entered the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue in the neighborhood of Har Nof, Jerusalem. (Photo: Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

JERUSALEM—Five people were killed and seven others wounded after two Palestinian terrorists armed with guns and axes burst into a synagogue in the Har Nof section of Jerusalem. The terrorists were killed in a gunfight with Israeli police.

There was panic during morning prayers in the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue, part of a yeshivah complex on Agassi St., as the terrorists entered at around 7 a.m., and began shooting and slashing. Photos from the scene show bloodied worshippers lying on the floor of the synagogue clad in talis and tefillin.

A neighbor speaks about the slain and the wounded: 

 

Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59.

Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59.

Rabbi Moshe Twersky was stabbed to death while he stood praying in histallit and tefillin. He was a formidableTorah scholar, and known to be very exacting in his personal compliance with Jewish law. The Twerskys are private people, but all the neighbors know they’re there for them in any way. When one neighbor was contemplating a risky solution to a problem, Rabbi Twersky stepped in and forbid him to do it, insisting that it was too dangerous.

He was remarkably dedicated to his family, and his grandchildren’s faces lit up when they saw him.

Houses in Jerusalem are small, and the Twersky clan is large. Since his is a close-knit and friendly building, neighbors offer each other the use of their own homes when people are celebrating a family affair. So when the Twerskys made a party in honor of their daughter’s engagement, the neighbors downstairs and across the hall both offered the use of their apartments. One served as catering headquarters and the other as the men’s section, while the women gathered in the Twerskys’ home. As soon as the party was over, Moshe Twersky removed his rabbinic frock coat and hat, and went to the neighbors to make sure everything had been cleaned up satisfactorily. Unhappy with the caterer’s mopping, he picked up the broom and cleaned the room himself.

He is survived by his wife Miriam and five children - three sons and two daughters - aged 23-33, and ten grandchildren. 

R' Kalman Levine, 55

R' Kalman Levine, 55

R' Kalman Levine was killed walking up the steps to the synagogue, which is next to his house. He was going to ask the rabbi a question in Talmudwhen he was gunned down.

Even in a neighborhood where many of the men learn Torah full-time, Kalman was known as a genuine Torah scholar. Although he grew up with scanty Jewish education in Kansas City, once he was exposed to Judaism, he dived headfirst into the sea of Talmud. He quickly caught up with people his age who’d spent their youth in yeshivahs, and then surpassed them in his breadth and depth of Torah knowledge.

Kalman lived life with such enthusiasm. He awoke early every day, praying at sunrise, and learning Torah until late at night. At the funeral, his son related that sometimes he’d wake up at 2 a.m. to get a drink, and his father would still be swaying away, deep in thought over his Talmud.

Kalman was a small man with a big bushy silver beard and an even bigger smile. He was a warm man who wasn’t shy about showing his concern for people. When someone needed to talk, he was completely there for them. He listened with his whole being; his eyes were focused on the speaker and he leaned in, to make sure he heard everything. When people insisted that he speak at an event and he felt that the audience was tired, Kalman made sure to only speak for five minutes.

But don’t think that his intensity was off-putting. His smile always reached his eyes, and people knew he was glad to see them. And no one who knew Kalman can ever forget the Mickey Mouse costume that he wore every Purim for decades, until it wore out.

He is survived by his wife, &  nine children. 

R' Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 68. (Photo: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

R' Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 68

R' Avraham Shmuel Goldberg’s love for the Land of Israel was apparent when he left his comfortable home in England to move to the town of Ofakim about 15 years ago. Rabbi Goldberg was known as a truth-seeker who sought out relationships with great Jewish leaders, becoming close to rabbis wherever he lived.

His sweet, shy smile rarely left his face, and people always felt comfortable turning to him. He would help people in any way he could. Anyone who was having trouble finding the source of a Jewish law or a parable knew they could turn to Avraham Shmuel, who always had a clear grasp of what he had learned. But he never expected any special respect because of it. He humbly submitted himself to men who were greater than him in Torah knowledge, following their advice thoroughly.

Avraham Shmuel was one of those people who always knew what to do—and what not to do. He didn’t hesitate to step forward when he could be of use, but he never trod on anyone’s toes, either. When one of his oldest friends was left a widower a year and a half ago, he called every single day to cheer him up, without ever staying on the phone long enough to be an inconvenience.

He is survived by his wife, six children.  

R' Ari Kupinsky, 43.

R' Ari Kupinsky, 43

R' Ari Kupinsky was a neighbor whom I knew less well. But whenever I called on him to help the local paramedic organization with its yearly fundraising drive, he stepped up to the plate. Even when he’d barely gotten over the shock of losing his adolescent daughter, who’d passed away in her sleep without any warning; even when he’d just moved to a new building and didn’t know most of his new neighbors; even when he was just much too busy to do it that year—he always ended up agreeing to help.

He is survived by his wife and five children, aged 5 to 16. 

 

Zidan Sayif, 30. (Photo: Israel Police)

Zidan Sayif, 30. 

 Zidan Sayif, who was one of the first on the scene of the attack and died of gunshot wounds hours later. Most in our neighborhood didn't really know him but many of us traveled by bus up north to the town of Yanuh-Jat to say good-bye. RabbiMordechai Rubin, the rabbi of the Har Nof Bnei Torah synagogue where Zidan gave his life, said to his wife, young child, parents and fellow Druze. “We came from Jerusalem, from the place of the massacre . . . simply to be with you and to cry with you. Zidan showed courage. He was the first at the battle. He stood like a wall, with his body, with his head, in order to save the souls of those in the synagogue. The loss of Zidan is our loss as well as that of the Druze community and we feel, especially at times like this, a kinship with the Druze community. The devotion and the determination of Zidan should be an example to us all — to the Druze and to the Jews.”

He is survived by his wife and four month old baby.  

 

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Young Woman Killed in West Bank; IDF Soldier Dies Following Tel Aviv Stabbing

JERUSALEM—Dalia Lamkus, a 26-year-old resident of Tekoa, and Almog Shiloni, 20, anIsrael Defense Forces soldier from Modi’in, were killed yesterday in separate terrorist attacks in Israel.

Lamkus was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist while waiting with others at a bus stop at the Gush Etzion junction in Israel, just next to the hitching station where Israeli teenagers Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Frenkel were abducted this summer before being murdered by Palestinian Arabs.

According to eyewitnesses, the attack occurred during the early-evening rush hour, when the terrorist unsuccessfully attempted to run down a group of people waiting at the stop, and then leapt from his car and began randomly stabbing.

 

A 26-year-old man also stabbed was reported in moderate condition. A 50-year-old man who jumped from his car when he saw the attack and fought with the terrorist was injured as well.

A guard on duty at the nearby Alon Shvut settlement, just southwest of Jerusalem, came running to the scene and shot the assailant, who was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of his wounds.

The killer was identified by police as Maher Hamdi al-Hashalmoun from Hebron. Affiliated with Islamic Jihad, he spent more than four years in Israeli prisons and was released five years ago, police said.

The funeral for Lamkus is scheduled to take place on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Tekoa, where the victim and her family have lived for the past 15 years.

 

Israeli security and rescue personnel at the site where a young Jewish woman was killed—and two people injured—in a stabbing attack at a bus stop at the entrance to the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut. ( Photo: Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

Israeli security and rescue personnel at the site where a young Jewish woman was killed—and two people injured—in a stabbing attack at a bus stop at the entrance to the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut. ( Photo: Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

 

Soldier Stabbed Earlier in Tel Aviv

The attack in the West Bank came only hours after Shiloni was stabbed repeatedly by an 18-year-old Palestinian worker from Nablus at the Hahaganah train station in Tel Aviv.

The young IDF soldier died following hours of surgery.

The terrorist is among thousands of illegal Palestinian workers from the West Bank who travel into Israel daily for work. He is currently being treated at a hospital in Israel.

Anti-Semitic Attacks in Paris

A Jewish high school student wearing a kipah was attacked by a mob of 15 young men outside a private high school near the Bastille in Paris, according to the National Bureau for Vigilance against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, a French association. He received medical attention at the scene.

In an unrelated incident in the middle of the night, vandals hurled stones at the glass doors and set off a firebomb at the popular Zekai kosher sushi restaurant in an upscale neighborhood near the Arc de Triomphe, according to a report in the Tribune Juive newspaper’s web site.

Yeshivah Student, 17, Dies in Jerusalem from Wounds in Terrorist Van Attack

A 17-year-old yeshivah student died of injuries sustained when he was run down by a terrorist’s van at a light-rail station in Jerusalem earlier this week. It was the second death resulting from an attack that also killed a Border Police officer, and wounded more than a dozen bystanders and police.

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The student, Shalom Aharon Baadani, was laid rest on Friday at Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul cemetery. His funeral was attended by thousands, including Israel’sSephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef. A second Israeli remains in serious condition, according to a spokesperson for the Hadassah Medical Center.

The funeral of Shalom Aharon Badani, a 17-year-old yeshivah student who died after a terrorist rammed his minivan into a crowd waiting for a train in Jerusalem. ( Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)On Thursday, thousands attended the funeral in the northern Druze village ofBeit Jann of Israeli Border Police officer Jedan Assad, 38, who was killed in the attack. He is survived by his wife and a 3-year-old son.

The killer, identified as Ibrahim al-Akary, 48, a member of Hamas who lived in the Shuafat neighborhood of Jerusalem, was shot and killed by police at the scene.

The attack took place at a light-rail station on the corner of Bar Lev and Shimon Hatzadik streets. The terrorist continued driving along the tracks, hitting several cars along the way.

After crashing into another vehicle, al-Akary got out of the commercial van with a metal bar and began attacking a group of policemen before border police at the scene shot and killed him.

 

Thousands attended the funeral of slain Israeli Border Police officer Jedan Assad in the northern Druze village of Beit Jann. (Photo: Flash90)

Thousands attended the funeral of slain Israeli Border Police officer Jedan Assad in the northern Druze village of Beit Jann. (Photo: Flash90)

A deligation of Chabad's Terror Victims Project went to be Menachem Avel the family. Joining them was Rabbi Yaakov Barber who was visiting from Australia.  CTVP will continue to be there  with the family for as long as necessary to help them as they try to put the pieces of their shattered life back together. 

 

 

From Darkness to Light

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It is a tragedy of unparalleled sadness, brutality, and horror. 

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Abed a-Rahman a-Shaludi, a resident of the village of Silwad, with a history of security offenses and ties to Hamas, viciously rammed his car into the crowded Ammunition Hill station of the light rail in Jerusalem. 

Among those hit by the vehicle was a stroller with three-month-old Chaya Zisel Braun sitting in it. The baby, who was an American citizen, was thrown several meters into the air, landing headfirst on the pavement. She tragically died of intracranial bleeding.  Several other people at the station were injured.

Chaya was born to her parents after years of trying to have a baby. Her grandfather explained that they had just taken her that very day on her first trip to the Kotel, such a joyous occasion. They took beautiful photos of her there.  

On the way home from the Kotel, their entire world changed.

As our delegation from Chabad’s Terror Victims Project (CTVP) arrived at the shiva house of Chaya’s family, our hearts ached for the parents and all the family whose anguish and pain were visible in their eyes and on their faces.

We spoke softly to them of a special poster campaign CTVP has launched in memory of their precious daughter, called Add Light.

The posters read:  “Baby Chaya Zisel A'H Braun was killed in a brutal terror attack. When there is darkness in the world we should all try to ADD LIGHT! Every woman and daughter should light Shabbos candles.”

The family was very deeply moved by this.

Through their tears, they asked that we encourage as many people as possible to take part in this campaign. And they asked us to thank everyone who does so and thereby helps to bring more light into the world after the darkness of their daughter’s death. 

Rabbi Yosef Aronov, Chairman of Chabad of Israel, said that this campaign is vitally important, both to increase the memory of this precious baby girl, and to bring more light into the world with the Rebbe's Mivtza of Neshek. 

Four Year-Old Killed By Mortar Shell Laid to Rest As 570 Rockets Fired on Israel in 5 Days

Thousands attend funeral as 570 rockets are fired on Israel in 5 days.
Mother: 'We want to thank you for teaching us to love.'

 

Four-year-old mortar shell victim Daniel Turgeman

 Four-year-old mortar shell victim Daniel Turgeman - Courtesy of the family

Four year-old Daniel Tragerman, hy"d, the victim of Friday's mortar fire on Kibbutz Nahal Oz, was laid to rest Sunday morning at the Hevel Shalom cemetery in the Eshkol Region. 

Daniel's mother Gila eulogized him. 

"I do not understand what's going on at all, sweetie," Gila stated. "I cannot believe I'm here to say goodbye."

"We were the happiest family in the world and I do not accept this," she added. "My Daniel, we want to thank you for teaching us to love, to smile, and for giving us many moments of joy in such a short time. You're smart, sensitive, beautiful."

"I find comfort in that you were a child who was loved, and who was happy, until his last moments," she continued. "We wanted to protect you, but even the 'code red' siren did not protect us."

"God in heaven, strengthen us, give us the strength to continue," she concluded. "We left you your Spiderman costume you loved so much [...] we don't want to say goodbye." 

President Reuven Rivlin also spoke at the funeral, and carried Daniel's casket.

"[Daniel] has paid the price of living in Israel in blood," Rivlin stated, addressing Daniel's parents. "No one has the right to require you to stay here, but we assure you that you are not alone."

Daniel was reportedly at home when the shell was fired Friday, directly hitting a car that was parked near the home. Unfortunately, Daniel did not have enough time to reach a secure area and was hit by shrapnel.

Magen David Adom crews who were called to the scene tried to resuscitate Daniel but were unsuccessful and pronounced him dead.

Early Saturday, the IDF clarified the circumstances of Daniel's death, saying Hamas terrorists from its "military wing," the Al-Qassam Brigades, had fired the deadly mortar shell from a site "adjacent to the Jafar Ali Ibn Taleb school in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City." 

An army statement early Saturday said the facility served as a "shelter maintained by Hamas authority", correcting an earlier statement in which it had stated it was an UNRWA-operated facility.

By Yedidya Ben-Or, Tova Dvorin IsraelNationalNews.com

First Publish: 8/24/2014, 10:09 AM / Last Update: 8/24/2014, 1:17 PM

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As Rockets Continue Raining Down on Israel - CTVP Continues Helping Others

Trying to get children out of the line of fire, supporting families and soldiers in ways they can, while continuing the visits to the wounded and bereaved. CTVP is implementing a three-pronged emergency initiative

As more and more rockets have been fired by Hamas into the south of Israel—setting off air-raid sirens in communities all over Israel, including Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv—representatives of the Chabad Terror Victims Project continue their efforts, trying to help in any way they can.

According to project director Rabbi Menachem Kutner, “the situation continues to be very tense. More than 100 rockets have fallen here yesterday. Thank G‑d, there have been no casualties.”

Summer-camp programs have been canceled, and children and their parents have been told to remain at home so that they are near shelters. CTVP representatives have been visiting homes and bringing treats for the children to help entertain them and take their minds off the fear they are experiencing. 

“It is a very anxiety-filled situation, never knowing when or where the next rocket will hit. You can feel the tension everywhere" reports Rabbi Yossi Swerdlov. “We are also continuing our visits to soldiers near the front lines, the ones who are still in the hospitals and the families who have lost loved ones .”

In response to the onslaught of violence, Israel launched a series of airstrikes on Gaza—where Hamas is launching rockets— targeting Hamas leaders.

Chabad Terror Victims Project volunteers help combat soldiers don tefilln. Chabad Terror Victims Project volunteers help combat soldiers don tefilln.


CTVP is continuing its three-pronged emergency initiative

As such, CTVP is continuing a three-pronged emergency initiative that includes (1) coordinating with all of centers in the region to organize activities and visits to bomb shelters to support children families; and (2) keeping up a steady stream of volunteers going to the front lines to boost the morale of the soldiers, as well as give them spiritual and physical nourishment. (3) visiting the wounded soldiers in the hospitals and the bereaved families.

“It is impossible to budget for emergency situations like this,” Swerdlov adds. “The lives of many Israelis are in total disarray, and we must do all we can at this time.”

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