As the Jewish people begin their New Year, and as Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement - approaches, we must remember all those whose lives were taken this past year in terror attacks. Writing at The Jerusalem Post, Dr. Gil Troy remembers the 41 victims of terror, and says that the people of Israel - and those who stand for her - must mourn those lost but also continue to improve, continue to move forward, continue to live:
“These shall I recall,” we cry during the Yom Kippur martyrology service, “and I pour out my soul within me....”
Let us recall Alexander Levlovich, 64, of Jerusalem, who left his house in Jerusalem for Rosh Hashana dinner one year ago and never came home. This manager of a disabled persons’ residence was killed when his car was pelted with rocks, causing him to crash.
Let us recall Ezra Schwartz, 18, who left his house in Sharon, Massachusetts, for a “gap year” adventure in Israel, only to come home in a pine box. This child of light with a perpetual smile was distributing food to soldiers and visiting the memorial of the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped and killed in 2014. The van Schwartz was in was sprayed with machine gun fire that also killed Yaakov Don, 49, of Alon Shvut, and Shadi Arafa, 24, of Hebron – although the Palestinian Authority, naturally, claimed the IDF killed Arafa.
Let us recall Rabbi Eitam Henkin, 31, and Na’ama Henkin, 30, slaughtered with their four young children sitting behind them in their car.
Let us recall Hadar Cohen, 19, killed while patrolling in the Damascus Gate area.
Let us recall Ido Ben-Ari, 41, machine-gunned at the Sarona Market while enjoying life with his wife and two teenagers.
Let us recall the latest – please, Lord, let it be the last – murder victim: Rabbi Michael Miki Mark, 48, a father of 10, killed while driving his car.
Contemplate this web of anguish. Note the 32 victims unmentioned. Pray for hundreds who have been wounded. Imagine the ongoing suffering of spouses, children, parents, siblings, cousins, friends, of these people who were just trying to live their lives...