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Slovie Jungreis Wolff:
John Galliano, Hear My
Synagogue Massacre Victim Identified as
Rabbi Moshe Twersky
Rosh Kollel of Torat Moshe yeshiva
identified as one of four worshipers
murdered in shocking attack on Har Nof
First Publish: 11/18/2014, 11:52 AM
One of the victims of this morning's
deadly attack at a
Jerusalem synagogue has been identified
as the "Rosh Kollel" of the Torat Moshe
yeshiva, Rabbi Moshe Twersky.
Torat Moshe Yeshiva, sometimes called
ToMo for short by its students, is an
advanced level English-speaking yeshiva
named for Rabbi Moshe Soloveitchik and
founded by his grandson, Rabbi Moshe
Rabbi Twersky was among four people
murdered when two Palestinian terrorists
stormed the Kehillat Bnai Torah
Yeshiva Synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nof
neighborhood armed with axes, knives and
guns during morning prayers.
Eight other people were injured in the
ensuing slaughter - four of them
seriously. Harrowing pictures from
the scene showed bodies still wrapped in
their prayer shawls (tallitot) and
tefilin scattered on the floor.
Rabbi Twersky's funeral will begin at
14:00 today from the Beit HaTalmud
yeshiva in Har Nof.
The terrorists have been identified
as cousins Uday
and Rassan Abu Jamal, from the
eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel
The pair were killed in a gunfight with
police first-responders, two of whom are
among the wounded.
Magen David Adom paramedics who arrived
at the scene initially encountered only
one body - but the scope of the massacre
soon became clear when they entered
further into the building.
Eye-witnesses have told of the
gruesome scene as the attack unfolded.
"There were people running from
the synagogue, and a man sitting on the
pavement covered in blood, it looked
like he has been stabbed," said local
resident Sarah Abrahams, who was walking
past when it happened.
"Two people came out with their faces
half missing, looking like they'd been
attacked with knives," she said
as hundreds of hareidi Jews pressed up
against the police tape, a few chanting
"Death to terrorists."
Fighting back tears, Moshe Eliezer said
he had narrowly avoided being at
thescene after oversleeping.
"This is a yeshiva community. Ninety
percent don't serve in the army. We're
not violent," he said.
Police said six people were wounded,
among them two policemen who had engaged
in a gunbattle with the terrorists.
They said the attackers were two cousins
from the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood
of Jabal Mukaber.
Speaking to journalists at the scene,
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat
expressedshock at the scale of the
"To slaughter innocent people while they
pray... it's insane," he said.
Galliano, Hear My Voice
A message to the designer who was fired for his
anti-Semitic rant and just lost his case for
In March 2011, John
Galliano, the flamboyant Dior designer,
was captured on a cell phone video hurling
ugly anti-Semitic abuse at customers in a
bar in Paris's historic Jewish quarter. The
Dior fashion house subsequently fired him
for his anti-Semitic rant.
In September 2011 he was found guilty of
lashing out anti-Semitic insults in public
on two separate occasions. Under French law
this is an offense. The court accepted his
explanation that he was out of control
because of alcohol and drugs; he apologized
for his behavior. He received suspended
fines instead of six months in jail. After
two years of silence, Galliano spoke to
Vanity Fair and said "It's the worst thing I
have said in my life, but I didn't mean it.
I have been trying to find out why that
anger was directed at this race. I now
realize I was so *** angry and so discontent
with myself that I just said the most
spiteful thing I could."
Until his downfall the renowned designer had
worked for Dior for almost 15 years. He sued
Dior for unfair dismissal, making a claim
for $3 million to $16 million, dependent on
the court's ruling. This week British
designer lost his case and was ordered to
pay a symbolic one euro each to Dior and the
John Galliano label. His lawyer is
recommending that the designer appeal.
Watch the cell phone video. You will see a
sneering drunk man laughing as he says "I
love Hitler." He also says "people like you
would be dead. Your mother's, your
forefathers would all be ***gassed."
I never did hear the designer's explanation
for "Why that anger was directed at this
race." It does not really matter. His words
cannot be justified. Drunkenness may never
be an excuse for spewing hatred. We cannot
rationalize anti-Semitism; not today and not
There is one statement, though, that I do
agree with. Logically I should not be here.
John Galliano is right. My father, my
mother, my grandfather and grandmother would
have all been gassed. Through the grace of
G-d they somehow walked through the valley
of death. As the heavy smoke of the
crematoria blackened the sky and the stench
of death filled the air, my parents and
grandparents triumphed. They lived. And I
was born upon the ashes of the holocaust.
John Galliano, there are too many in this
world that share the sentiments of your
drunken outburst and live with hatred in
their hearts. They spit venom and scream
that we should go back to the ovens. They
plot terror and murder the innocent. They
promise to push us into the sea.
To all of you I say: hear my voice. Listen
to me, to my brothers and my sisters.
We speak for those who cannot. We cry out
for our cousins, our aunts and uncles, and
the beautiful babies held by our bubbies and
zaydies. They marched to their death with
the Shema on their lips. Today we say our
Shema for them. We carry their names and
live so that their memory will never be
forgotten. We will not be silent. Their
blood cries out from the ground.
Our Temple has been destroyed. We were taken
from our land; exiled for 2, 000 years. We
have suffered through pogroms, crusades,
inquisition, persecution and holocaust. We
walked as the living dead, desolate, having
witnessed man descend to the abyss of evil.
But we were granted life once again and we
are here. Am Yisrael Chai - the Jewish
nation lives. Hope beats in our hearts; the
spark in our soul has been reignited.
When my son was born, my father shared with
us the story of his brother's son, Akiva. He
had been taken away right before his Bar
Mitzvah. My father never saw him again. He
lost not only his sweet nephew but also his
parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters,
nieces, nephews and cousins. An entire world
went up in flames. We named our child Akiva
and added the name Chaim - for life.
The day of my son's Bar Mitzvah he stood
before a room filled with family and
friends. He spoke about the cousin whose
name he shared. Akiva - the young boy he
never knew but whose presence hovered from
above since the day my son came into this
"I dedicate my Bar Mitzvah to the memory of
my cousin, Akiva Halevi Jungreis, who
died Al Kiddush Hashem, sanctifying the name
of God. And to the thousands of Bar Mitzvah
boys whose voices of Torah were cut off in
their childhood." My son concluded: "They
were swifter than eagles and stronger than
lions to fulfill the will of their Creator."
Our sons and daughters are keeping the
vibrancy of Judaism and the Jewish people
alive. They study our holy Torah, kindle the
lights of the menorah, sing the songs of
Shabbos and fill the study halls with the
sounds of the Aleph-Bet. Emerging from a
world that was broken in both body and
spirit, we have been granted the privilege
to rebuild. Every Jewish child born is our
way of telling the John Galliano's of the
world that we cling to our faith. It is a
faith in God's promise that despite the
darkness, we will never be forsaken. Hear
our voice loud and clear.
1,000 WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD CAME
TO BRING IN SHABBOS.
PART ONE WAS CHALLAH BAKING
THURSDAY NIGHT AT
THE SANDS ATLANTIC BEACH WHERE
OVER 1,000 WOMEN
CAME TOGETHER TO BAKE CHALLAH
UMI K'AMCHAH YISRAEL, GOY ECHAD
Chabad Five Towns Rebbetzin, Chanie Wolowik
Dancing, singing and rejoicing in between rounds
of challah baking
Rebbetzin Lefkowitz joined with the lovliest
community women to bake together.