by Anav Silverman
November 18, 2014
The four rabbis who were murdered in the brutal Palestinian terror attack on Kehillat Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood on Tuesday morning all lived on the same street. Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 68, Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, Rabbi Calman Levine, 55, and Rabbi Aryeh Kopinsky, 43, were all residents of the Har Nof neighborhood and had made aliyah to Israel in recent years. Rabbi Goldberg was a U.K. citizen while the other three rabbis held U.S. citizenship.
“When we count the widows and orphans that were added to the Israeli nation this morning, four widows, 24 orphans are on one street,” said Rabbi Yitzchak Mordechai Rubin, the rabbi of the Kehillat Bnei Torah synagogue at the funeral for three of the victims on Tuesday evening.”We are here, standing in front of these three holy men, the best of our community, Torah scholars whose blood flowed like water.”
The four were among the some 25 worshippers praying the traditional morning Jewish prayers at the Kehillat Bnei Torah synagogue when two Palestinian terrorists stormed in armed with meat cleavers, an ax, and a gun, shooting and stabbing worshippers. Cousins Uday and Ghassan Abu-Jamal from the Jerusalem district of Jabel Mukaber, carried out the attack and were members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). In addition to the four rabbis who were killed, eight others were wounded in the attack.
Chaim Weingarten, a ZAKA (Disaster Victim Identification) volunteer, who arrived on scene to treat victims of the attack stated that: “This was an extremely difficult scene. ISIS has arrived in Jerusalem. The terrorists used live fire and a butcher’s knife. The terrorists cut off the arm of a worshiper wearing tefilin (phylacteries). Horrific images that leave me with very difficult emotions.”…..