Seven Minutes of Hell

There seems to be no proper way to express the way I feel today, feeling a pain that the entire Jewish people feels today. Shrouded in an Israeli flag, head covered by a kipa, standing in solidarity with Israel, I cannot help but mourn.

I wrote this today during class to try to express at least a portion of the emotions flowing through me:

“Its impossible for me to properly articulate the shock and horror I have felt this morning. I can’t sit still in class, I am far too worried about my friends in Israel, my friends who at any moment can find themselves in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

This morning, 4 Jews were brutally murdered while praying. While praying, 3 american-Israelis and one British Israeli were murdered, murdered by 2 Palestinian terrorists who were called heroic by Hamas.

What did these 4 men do? They committed the heinous crime of davening, praying, praying for peace. The committed the evil sin of living their lives and engaging in spiritual growth.

The terrorists who murdered these four innocent Jews were attacking in an alleged response to a Palestinian bus driver’s proven suicide, a suicide that was blamed on Israeli-Jews.

No words can describe, but I can say, Baruch Dayen Emet, may they rest in peace and may this never happen again.

Incitement by the Palestinian leadership must end, attacks on synagogues must cease. Stabbing and shooting innocent civilians is no pathway to peace.

Am Yisrael Chai”

During a latter class, I tried my hand at a poem written in the form of a haiku, I hope that it can help a fraction of a shattered people grieve.

Seven Minute Hell

Seven minute helll

Four innocent rabbi’s dead

Hamas celebrates


Attack on prayer

Targeting the innocent 

May they rest in peace 


CNN news cast 

Fails to understand it, their

Integrity lost


Terrorism fails

We are not afraid of you

Am Yisrael Chai 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of those who had their lives cut far too short as well as the friends and families of those currently in critical condition.

מִּי שֶׁבֵּרַךְ אִמוֹתֵינוּ מְקוֹר הַבְּרָכָה לְאֲבוֹתֵינוּ.;מִי שֶׁבֵּרַךְ אַבוֹתֵינוּ מְקוֹר הַבְּרָכָה לְאִמוֹתֵינוּ.

Moshe Twersky 59 

Baruch Dayen Emet

Aryeh Kupinsky 43

Baruch Dayen Emet

Kalman Levine 55

Baruch Dayen Emet

Avraham Goldberg 68

Baruch Dayen Emet

Zidan Saif 30

Baruch Dayen Emet

About the Author
Seth Greenwald is passionate in his fights both against anti-Semitism on college campuses as well as the fight against anti-Israel bias and slander worldwide. Seth first developed a passion for Israel after traveling there for his Bar-Mitzvah, kindled that passion through United Synagogue Youth, and has continued to develop throughout his undergraduate career at Clark University. Seth also served as an intern at the Committee for Accuracy in Middle Eastern Reporting for America (CAMERA), Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), and the David Project.
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