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Terror Attacks

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.

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. 

 

 

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