|At Mount Herzl Military Cemetery, where Eli and Chuck are buried.|
Just under a decade later, we got another "membership card" with the brutal murder of Aaron Gross, HaYa"d, in Hebron. I know his parents, grandparents (li'ilu'i nishmatam) and even some aunts and uncles, and now I also know some of his siblings.
|Moshe Kenan, father of Avihu HaYa"D, who was killed in a badly planned IDF operation. Moshe has been organizing events to memorialize Avihu, ever since the killing. Here he is speaking at the grave in the Shiloh Cemetery.|
Over the years, the decades since, more and more people I've known have been murdered. I couldn't even attempt to list them all. Every family deals with death differently, some more publicly and others more privately. But the scars remain embedded forever.
In Shiloh our cemetery was inaugurated/established immediately after Rachella Druk's murder.
|Shiloh Cemetery with Rachella Druk's grave in foreground|
We had never thought that it would be Rachella, HaYa"D, the young mother of seven, who would be the first to be buried in modern Shiloh. Since then, so many others, terribly younger and older than her have joined her in the cemetery. Those who are terror victims are all younger. Rachella, who so loved children, no doubt cares for them in Olam Haba, the Next World.
Just barely a week ago was the Har Nof Massacre, when fathers, grandfathers, sons, brothers, uncles, cousins and friends were murdered by Arab terrorists. There are still victims fighting for their lives in the hospital. Even if they survive, their scars will be both physical and mental. Their families and friends will have to learn to cope with, live with new realities. The community/neighborhood of Har Nof is now learning to deal with the fact that they are the front line.
Nobody is immune. No city or neighborhood is immune, whether in Israel or outside of the Holy Land.
Antisemitism, today's Nazism must be recognized and fought with every weapon possible. That is the only way to stop it.