Remembering the Four* who were Murdered in Jerusalem
by Rabbi Rick Brody
“…that senseless violence cease and that
we never again witness such inhumanity.”
This morning, we interrupted class at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy for the following announcement:
Please excuse the interruption. This is Rabbi Rick. We are in shock and in grief. We awoke this morning to terrible news from Jerusalem. In a terrorist attack during shaharit at a synagogue in the neighborhood of Har Nof, two Palestinian intruders brutally murdered four Jewish men and wounded eight others, four seriously. Police killed the assailants.
One victim was Moshe Twersky, who was the cousin of two Akiba-Barrack alumni. The other victims were Aryeh Kupinsky, Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, and Kalman Zeev Levine. They are now martyrs, whose memory we will uphold as a blessing in the hopes and prayers that senseless violence cease and that we never again witness such inhumanity. We pray for their families who mourn, for the recovery of those who were injured, and for the peace and security of our brothers and sister in Israel and throughout the world.
Please rise for the El Malei Rachamim prayer, recited in memory of these four men. After the prayer, please proceed solemnly to your next period.
* It was only later in the day that we learned that Druze Israeli Police officer Zidan Sayif, 27, died of his wounds sustained during his valiant protection of the synagogue. We pray that his memory, too, be a blessing.
אֵל מָלֵא רַחֲמִים שׁוֹכֵן בַּמְּרוֹמִים, הַמְצֵא מְנוּחָה נְכוֹנָה עַל כַּנְפֵי הַשְּׁכִינָה, בְּמַעֲלוֹת קְדוֹשִׁים וטְהוֹרִים כְּזוֹהַר הָרָקִיע מַזְהִירִים אֶת נִשְׁמות כָּל הַקְּדוֹשִׁים וּטְהוֹרִים שֶׁנֶּהֶרְגוּ הַיּוֹם בְּעִיר קָדְשֵׁנוּ עַל קִדּוּשׁ הַשֵׁם, בְּגַן עֵדֶן תְּהֵא מְנוּחָתָם. אַנָא בַּעַל הָרַחֲמִים יַסְתִּירֵם בְּסֵתֶר כְּנָפָיו לְעוֹלָמִים, וְיִצְרוֹר בִּצְרוֹר הַחַיִּים אֶת נִשְׁמוֹתֵיהֶם, ה’ הוּא נַחֲלָתָם, וְיָנוּחוּ בְּשָׁלוֹם עַל מִשְׁכְּבוֹתֵיהֶם, וְנֹאמַר אָמֵן
God, full of mercy, who dwells in the heights, provide a sure rest upon the Divine Presence’s wings–within the range of the holy and the pure, whose shining resemble the sky’s–the souls of all the holy and pure ones who were murdered, today in our holy city for the Sanctification of the Name, may the Garden of Eden be their place of repose. Please, may the Master of Mercy shelter them forever, in the shelter of Divine wings, and bind their souls in the bond of eternal life. The Everlasting is their heritage and they shall rest peacefully upon their resting place, and let us say: Amen