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Helping a Man Stabbed on the Way Home from Sabbath Prayers

Avraham is a 65-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jew who lives near Jerusalem's Old City. Each Shabbat (Sabbath) morning he walks to the Western Wall for the morning prayers.On Saturday morning, October 10, following the conclusion of the prayers, Avraham was walking near the Damascus Gate on his way home. Suddenly, a 16-year-old terrorist ran in Avraham's direction.Brandishing a knife and shouting "Allahu Akbar," the terrorist stabbed Avraham. Miraculously, Avraham quickly turned his head, and the knife stabbed him in the cheek rather than in the main artery of his neck.With the impact of the stab, Abraham fell to the ground, breaking a bone in his wrist and tearing a muscle in his lower leg. As he was on the ground, the terrorist tried to stab him again. Fortunately, a young Arab nearby threw a chair at the terrorist so he wasn't able to stab him. This also gave the police time to reach the scene, where they were able to neutralize the terrorist.Avraham was hospitalized for a week. He still has limited mobility, and his wife takes care of him around the clock.As part of our ongoing assistance to victims of terror, Fellowship staff member Malki Shriki delivered a $1,000 check to Avraham's daughter, Esti, to help the family with their mounting medical expenses.Esti responded, "I'd like to thank Rabbi Eckstein and the donors for this generous donation. My father still has a way to go before he fully recuperates, and this donation will help us with the extra expenses – and with the understanding that there are Christians who support the Jewish people. I believe that the 'silent majority' wants peace, but in the meantime, I'm going to keep praying that it will come soon. Thank you!"


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