25 March 2015

A "Tattered" and Tired" People

5 Nisan 5775

"...then will come Pesach and we will be a tattered bunch of tired people when we sit around the Seder table...."

28 Tishrei 5775 - Three-month-old Chayah Zissel Braun (an American citizen) was murdered by an Arab terrorist when he drove his car into a crowd exiting the light-rail train in Jerusalem. Eight others were injured, of whom, one died a week later.

12 Cheshvan 5775A Border Police officer (Druze) was killed and at least 13 people were wounded in a terror attack when an Arab terrorist drove into a crowd of people in Jerusalem.

17 Cheshvan 5775 - A young man and a young woman were run down and stabbed at a bus stop in Gush Etzion. They both succumbed to their wounds.

25 Cheshvan 5775 - Four rabbis (three US citizens, 1 British citizen) were butchered in a Har Nof synagogue and a rescuing policeman (Druze) was killed when two Arabs attacked them with guns, knives, and axes. Seven others were injured.

18 Tevet 5775 - Four French Jews were murdered by a Muslim terrorist in a Paris kosher market. They were buried in Jerusalem.

29 Shevat 5775 - Little Adele Biton lost her fight against complications from injuries she received when she was hit by a rock thrown by an Arab terrorist at her family's car in March 2013.

15 Adar 5775 - Four Border Policewomen and a cyclist were injured by an Arab terrorist when he drove his car into them on Shushan Purim in Jerusalem. He jumped out of the car with a knfe in his hand and tried unsuccessfully to stab others. 

Shabbat-Rosh Chodesh Nisan 5775 - Seven Jewish children (dual Israeli/US citizens) from the same family perished in a housefire in Brooklyn. They had lived in Har Nof until two years ago. They were buried in Jerusalem. The mother and a sister are still hospitalized in critical condition. 

Since Rosh Hashanah 5775, Kislev was the only month that did not see a terrorist attack perpetrated against Jews (unless I missed one). I don't know about you, but this latest mass funeral has just about done me in. If the aftermath of this half-year year of murder, death and funerals has not made us "tattered and tired" as we prepare for next week's Passover seder, I guess nothing ever will. I just pray that we who remain will make it to next week's seder and to the geulah shleimah beyond.


  1. Excellent collection of facts to prove the prediction. I think also you were spot on by saying that the Purim prediction - it will really feel like Purim - also matches.

    If anyone is frustrated that the predictions aren't coming more true, ie the events aren't more horrible than they are, consider that maybe Heaven is going easy on us, sort of. This generation is as frail as an egg, so too much pounding won't help anything. We seem to be getting just enough horribleness to wake us up.

    What's interesting also is these tragedies are of every type and stripe. Terrorism, crime (let's not forget Leiby Kletsky), accidents - to children, to people davening, to solders, to shoppers - and all over the golus in Israel, Paris, India (let's not forget the Holtzers), Australia, NY.

    In my mind, the predictions are coming true and I don't believe I'm forcing that outlook in hope of the geula. If you ask me, it's coming.

    Bitachon, Teshuva, Aliyah. This should be our focus.

  2. Devorah,

    I am afraid to even admit that I have hardly cried about the Sasson family... I am sorry I just can't wrap my head around it, can't go there... I am usually really emotional about everything... but here it is like my mind or neshama is protecting me... so I shouldn't snap. I just think that soon, very soon. The Sassoon family will be reunited with the coming of Moshiach... b'ezrat Hshem very very soon. That is the only thing I can think of... Maybe I have become callous. I don't know.

    1. We all react in different ways. B"H, He knows our hearts and what we can take and what we can't take. We have built-in defense mechanisms to protect us so we can continue to live through whatever horror life throws at us. I didn't cry either until I saw their faces and heard the song. We've already cried so much.