On October 13, while on his way to the IDF Recruitment Office, 18-year-old Ruby boarded the #78 bus in his Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon HaNatziv. He found a seat near the back of the bus and sat down, unaware of imminent danger.
A few seconds after the doors closed, a man seated behind Ruby stood up, started shouting “Allah Akbar,” and began a killing rampage. He was soon joined by another terrorist, who began shooting at a couple that was sitting next to him.
Ruby quickly ducked under the seat, where he saw the terrorists’ killing spree unfold. He began crawling to the front of the bus in order to reach the door and flee.
One of the terrorists ran up to Ruby while he tried to pry the door open with both hands. Thankfully, Ruby was able to knock the terrorist down. Finally, he was able to open the door of the bus and run for his life. With the door open, thanks to Ruby’s resourcefulness, other passengers also managed to escape with their lives.
Oded, a policeman at the Oz Police Station in Armon HaNatziv, was among the officers summoned to the attack. When he arrived at the scene, he saw his son Ruby! After checking that his son, whose clothes were covered in blood and who was very frightened, wasn’t hurt physically, Obed began securing the scene.
Since the incident, Ruby has been suffering from trauma and is receiving psychological treatment to help him deal with the images and memories that have been haunting him since.
Fellowship staff member Malki Shriki recently met with Oded and delivered a $1,000 check to the family to help with Ruby’s medical expenses.
Oded responded, “On behalf of my entire family, I want to thank Rabbi Eckstein and The Fellowship‘s donors for this generous donation. I’m so grateful that you’re concerned enough to help us when we need it the most. It’s encouraging to know that we’re not alone and that you care about our well-being. Thank you!”