Friday, March 07, 2008

8 Dead, 10 Wounded...

As I'm sure we all heard, there was that terrorist attack at Yeshivas Merkaz HaRav Kook last night, to start off Adar II. A gunman [y'mach sh'mo v'zichro, may his name and memory be erased] came in with a cardboard box with the gun inside, and started shooting. Four minutes straight, just shooting. 500 - 600 bullets. Finally someone heard and shot him twice in the head.

So what do we do now? We can't change what happened, but we can effect the future. What do we do know? You know, when we're kids, I heard a lot that you know, when you're learning, you can't get hurt. The Midrash says that when the Mal'ach Hamaves wanted to take Dovid HaMelech, he distracted him, and in the exact second where he wasn't saying the words of Torah, he fell and died. So they say, oh, say Torah, and you won't get hurt. I think there's a source for that maybe? Whatever it is, that's not what happened last night. These high school kids were killed al kiddush HaShem, sitting in the beis medrash, shteiging away. All of a sudden... "R' Ashi says it's mutar..." and that's it. On one hand that's very holy, the last words, dying with words of Torah on your lips. On the other hand, shouldn't they be protected? They were learning...?

I don't know. but I do know that we should all try to work on ourselves to be better people. Maybe if we are better, HaShem won't decree such a thing. Maybe He will, but even so, at least we're better people. "Useshuva usefilah utzedakah ma'avirin es ro'ah hagizeirah."

By the way, my wife just told me a few minutes ago that she had heard that the gunman [yshv"z] used to work at the yeshiva. As a cleaning person I guess maybe, something of the sort? Maybe we should think twice, nay, 100 times before hiring Arabs for jobs.


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