Breaking New Records
צילום: יונתן שינדל, פלאש90

Each time, our enemies break a new record of cruelty. Unfortunately, many young babies were buried here, and also many families who were murdered together, but the youngest terror victim in our struggle was buried tonight – a fetus who was in his mother’s womb for seven months.

Every time we break a new record of solidarity. Millions around Israel and the globe followed the news of Shirah and Amichai Ish-Ran, who were expecting their first child. Many people watched their wedding video and were moved as if they were among the wedding guests. Two days ago, on line at a store, I heard a boy asking his mother: “How is the baby doing?”, and it was clear what baby he was referring to. I went on the Tehillim Yahad (“Psalms together”) website. Almost 60,000 (!) Psalms were read there since the terror attack by 20,000 (!) different people. And this is only one such site. Most Psalms were said quietly, without clicking the button at the end (that is, many Psalms were read without being recorded as “read” and without being included in these statistics). And some of the Psalms, as someone told me this week, were said “even without me knowing what it is, even without me feeling any connection to the Psalms, but I heard that this is what the family was asking, so I did it.” The baby’s grandfather, Chaim Silverstein, said at the funeral, on Mt. of Olives, last night: “Our grandchild, may HaShem avenge his blood, did a lot even before he was born. In four days, he united the People of Israel.”
A society is evaluated by its heroes. We face a society in which a man who shoots a pregnant woman, wounds her and kills her fetus, is its hero. If he hadn’t been killed last night, he would have been warmly received by his people with cries of joy and candy throwing, and now he will be made into a Shahid (Muslim martyr). And opposite that, there is a society whose heroes this week are a young, courageous couple, and it embraces them with love and care and prays that they will manage to get stronger and see only good from now on.

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Sivan Rahav-Meir is a media personality and lecturer. Married to Yedidya, the mother of five. Lives in Jerusalem. She works for Israel TV news, writes a column for Yediot Aharonot newspaper, and hosts a weekly radio show on Galei Zahal (Army Radio). Her lectures on the weekly Torah portion are attended by hundreds and the live broadcast attracts thousands more listeners throughout the world.
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