Slashed Prayers, Pristine Souls Mishpacha StaffIt was a typical Tuesday morning in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood. Inside the Kehillas Bnei Torah shul, a small group of men swayed in quiet devotion. A sudden shout, and the scene transmogrified into an image out of Gehinnom, as two terrorists violated the sanctity of the shul and unleashed a torrent of murderous hatred.
When it was finally over, four of the community’s most pristine souls had been cut down, 24 children were left orphaned, and the once-calm neighborhood struggled with a new reality.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
When you hear about the raging passions of the Middle East conflict, you don’t envision Har Nof. Har Nof is the neighborhood where seminary girls meet for frozen yogurt, where minivans fill the neat parking lots, where every Israeli storekeeper knows English. It’s the neighborhood where Rav Ovadiah’s followers harmoniously coexist with a mix of yeshivos and seminaries, several chassidish communities, and a strong dati-leumi community down at the bottom.
They Lived Their Ideals
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
If you only had one month, one week, or one day left to live, what would you do differently? For the four kedoshim of the Har Nof massacre, the answer would likely be “nothing.” These men lived their ideals — using their every moment on earth to achieve greater heights of Torah, avodah, and chesed.
Har Nof Diary: A First-Person Account
Malka Freiman | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
After last Tuesday’s massacre, a neighborhood in mourning searched for meaning amid scenes of carnage and brutality. Life is forever altered — but life goes on — and as the days go by, residents draw strength from bereaved heroes who just a few days earlier were ordinary neighbors.
First Response, Last Respects
Rachel Ginsberg | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
How to tell a family that their husband and father was butchered by terrorists in the middle of davening? How to internally recharge after working for hours on the scene of a grisly terror attack? While these dedicated volunteers will do whatever it takes to ensure the honor of the dead, even the veterans admit that it never gets easier.
Rav Boruch Ber Rediscovered
Menachem Pines | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Soon after Rav Boruch Ber Leibowitz was buried in 1939, the Jewish community of Vilna was destroyed and his unmarked grave forgotten. But 70 years later, a little girl’s sudden deformity led to a series of seemingly unrelated events that resulted in the discovery of his resting place. This week, on Rav Boruch Ber’s 75th yahrtzeit, the Torah world will finally gather to honor his memory.
Basya Laib Tuesday, November 25, 2014
A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but will Aviva Klein still be Aviva if she now goes by Miriam Stern? A behind-the-scenes look at people who changed both their names for their in-laws and how it impacts their lives.
Coming of Age
Riva Pomerantz Tuesday, November 25, 2014
I knew my son was turning thirteen.
What I didn’t know is that I, his mother, would be coming of age in the process.
Looking back, I should have known that making a bar mitzvah was going to be an existential experience.
Thrown Off the Scent
Shayna Friedman Tuesday, November 25, 2014
“I hate these garbage trucks!”
Chavi was going to be late. They had been sitting in traffic at 47th Street and 14th Avenue for the last 20 minutes and all because of an awful garbage truck. It was bad enough she had to go to the doctor and miss the siyum — but now this?
Rabbi Meir Goldberg Tuesday, November 25, 2014
This week History Highlights visits Frankfurt, Germany, a city with close to 1,000 years of Jewish history and home of some of the most important rabbonim who have ever lived.
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