The biggest terror attack of its kind in years. In the “safe” part of town. Four widows on one street. Twenty-four children fatherless.
The Nov. 18 attack on a synagogue in Har Nof, Jerusalem was like all terrorism, a senseless scare tactic. Five men were killed, including Rabbi Moshe Twersky, Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, and Rabbi Kalman Levine, who were attending morning prayer services when two assailants armed with knives and a gun attacked them. The rabbis were cornerstones of the community and with their deaths came countless stories of their bravery, kindness and giving spirits that brought them to their dying day.
The attack on the peaceful men in prayer shook Israel, but if anything it seems to have strengthened Israelis’ resolve to stand together against the cruel face of Palestinian terrorism.
The fifth death of the terrible attacks was a Druze policeman who responded to the attack. His death and sacrifice to the Jews and the land of Israel will not be forgotten.
In a beautiful moment of solidarity, individuals in the Har Nof community took upon themselves to organize transportation of hundreds of Haredim to the officer’s funeral.
It should not take a terrorist attack to bring together a community. May this moment of solidarity among the community be preserved for the coming months and into the future.