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.