Victims of Terror Tragic Loss: Rav Moshe Twersky z”l

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Helicopters are flying overhead as the funeral for Rabbi Moshe Twersky z”l is taking place with thousands attending. I went to the funeral for the Fogel family, Udi, Ruti, Yoav, Elad and baby Hadas, who were murdered in their home by Arab terrorists. I had  to walk both ways as buses could not handle the overwhelming crowd. How many remember their names today?

In Jerusalem, Israel, one place you could expect to find a big crowd is a large synagogue in a religious neighborhood for morning prayers. Early this morning terrorists attacked a Jewish house of worship leaving behind pools of blood, dead bodies, and broken families.

Those who thought they had seen and heard it all, are now dealing with the shock of such an outrageous act, and the shameful reactions to this horrific scene of terror.



Though it is hard to remember the thousands of names of victims of terror, the name of Rabbi Moshe Twersky z”l, is much too close to home to forget.

Rav Moshe’s father was Rabbi Dr.Yitzhak Twersky z”l, a brilliant Harvard University professor who led a synagogue that we attended in a Boston, MA suburb. The building was sold, but its good memories strong enough to get a large reunion in Israel in December 2013. Rav Moshe z’l has been living in Israel for many years, but most of his immediate family are leaders in their communities in the United States.

photo Rav Twersky z"l

With the shock of the murders and injuries today, there seems little to say, but the Jewish expression said upon hearing of a death.

Baruch Dayan Emet – Bless the Divine Judge of truth.

The Jewish traditional greeting for mourners, for the Twersky and other families

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Today  we all sit at the gates of Jerusalem and mourn along with the families. Let us remember the names of the victims as we shake our heads that such wonderful people had their lives cut short by senseless terror.

 

UPDATE: Just found out that Rav Kalman Levine z”l is father-in-law of close family friend.

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