The entire Jewish world wakes up this morning Rosh Chodesh Adar Beis 5768 in mourning, as eight Yeshiva Students from the world renowned Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva, situated in Kiryat Moshe, are laid to rest.
On Thursday evening 8:30 p.m. Israel time, as students from the Yeshiva were gathering to celebrate Rosh Chodesh Adar, the most exciting time of the Jewish calendar, a lone Palestinian gunman opened fire killing eight instantly and wounding many others, some critically. It was only a few minutes later after 600 bullets had been fired and after ten minutes of mayhem, that an Israeli off duty police officer shot and killed the terrorist.
As Gemaras and other Sefarim lay blood stained with bullet holes, members of Zaka moved in to clean up the carnage and ensure that the proper respect were given to those who died in this abominable act.
Although it was first thought that a second terrorist was also in the building, security forces later determined this was not the case.
As was mentioned by the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, all of us have lost eight brothers in one day. Members of the community are asked to daven for the recovery of those who remain hospitalized, Naftali Ben Gila, Yonatan Ben Avital, Shimon Ben Tirtza, Nadav Ben Hadas, Reuven Ben Naomi, and Elchanan Ben Zehava.
Although it’s a time of Simcha as we herald in the month of Adar, our hearts are filled with pain at this despicable act. We stand in solidarity with those families broken by the tragedy and support them in their time of sorrow. May the memory of those who were snatched at the prime of their lives, Doron Mehereta, 26, of Ashdod, Ro'i Rote, 18, of Elkanah in Samaria (Shomron), Yonadav Haim Hirschfeld, 19, of Kokhav HaShachar (Shomron), Yochai Lipshitz, 18, of the Old City of Jerusalem, Yonatan Yitzchak Eldar, 16, of Shilo (Shomron), Neriah Cohen, 15, of Jerusalem, Segev Pniel Avichayil, 15, of N'vei Daniel in Gush Etzion, Avraham David Moses, 16, of Efrat, Gush Etzion, remain with us forever.
May Hashem comfort the families amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
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