No place to hide

“It will never happen to me”

“And certainly not here”,

We smugly think, as we drive our shiny cars into our close circuited camera lined office complexes

Nestled in industrial zones, much like the

Barkan Depot.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth

Because a young mom, like myself,

Just a girl waiting to take the bar,

Dropped off her baby at his maon, probably rushing, to make her 9 hours at

Work.

Maybe she didn’t even get to give him a kiss because they grabbed him so quickly from her arms, and besides, it would smudge her

Lipstick.

Did she drive to work, envisioning his dimpled grin, as she fiddled with the tunes on her radio? Finding that perfect song to herald her arrival into the

Office?

And had she had her coffee yet? Had she booted up her computer and tingled with the excitement of a new day – grateful to be at work, but also counting down the hours until she could once again embrace her

Husband

And

Baby.

Disbelief.

Like an episode of the Fauda she most likely watched on Netflix, cuddled up next to her husband after a long day at

Alon Group.

No knife. No exposed shopping mall. No mace to whip out.

Just a gun, and handcuffs, and so much

Hate.

Pleading. Bargaining. All the while

Knowing

That her cries would fall on deaf ears-

That her mention of a husband, a son, a family, a future-

Would just serve to further motivate the evil

Which he carried out

With no remorse.

Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, 29 (left), and Ziv Hajbi, 35, brutally murdered by an Arab terrorist (and fellow employee) at their place of work, October 7, 2018 (screenshots: Facebook/Times of Israel)

A young father, a rising accountant. Brutally murdered in cold blood in the least likely

Place.

At

His

Desk.

Where he surely had a picture of his smiling wife

And twin daughters- the same age as my own

And bouncing baby boy

Just like his

Co-worker.

Did they have meetings scheduled? Did he have a chance to scroll through Facebook to get his morning news?

Never knowing that he would be the news they’d be reading about.

There is no more

Innocence

No more

Safe

No more

“It will never happen to me”

“And certainly not here”.

May Hashem avenge the brutal murders of Kim Levengrond Yehezkel and Ziv Hagbi, and may their memories be for a blessing. 

About the Author
Nechama Eisenman is a six year consecutive winner of the "World's Okayest Mom" title, and never met a carbohydrate she didn't like. She rejoices in finding G-d in the mundane, is madly in love with her husband and 3 little girls, and relies on spurts of infectious baby giggles to get through the day.
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