Being In Israel at this Difficult Time

Remembering Ezra Schwartz.

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Comments (7)

(6) Miriam, December 2, 2015 1:13 AM

Lori, nichamtani.

You are so amazing and this video is so amazing.

(5) Anonymous, December 1, 2015 3:12 AM

tours to Israel

I wanted to know if there might be any family friendly tours during the Yeshiva vacation week in January whereby we can support Israel as part of a large organized group

(4) Sharon, November 30, 2015 6:43 PM


Some of the commenters misunderstood Lori's comment about dying in South Africa. Going to S.A. would have been very dangerous without much added value. True, she could have reached out to people, but she does that already in the U.S. And most of the Jews there do have an option of leaving, so taking great risks to reach them may be unwarranted. On the other hand living in Israel has inherent value. Therefore taking the risk of living there is worth the risk. Rabbi Stewart Weiss (I think it was him) who lost a son in one of the recent wars was told by a woman who'd left Israel when their child was young to protect him from the risk of war only to have him die in a car accident in America, that the Rabbi was forunate at least to know that his son had died for a worthy cause and not in vain, as her son did. I think the point is clear. Hashem decides the length of your life, not based on where you happen to be. So when it ends, it's good to know that you've lived according to your values.
We live in so far safe city in Israel. The chance of our being victims of terror attacks are about the same as that of being in fatal car crash. But two of my sons study in Samaria, where they cross dangerous intersections to and from Yeshiva. But they are so happy, each in his own place, that I am not even tempted to have them change their yeshiva. I'm so happy that they are each growing in their Torah and I pray that Hashem will protect them together with all the Jewish people.
Ezra's murder touched a lot of Americans the way we here are touched by many of these tragic deaths. The answer is to continue in our determination and never give up, because that is the only way to win. And we will!!!!

(3) Jewish Mom, November 30, 2015 5:53 PM

Yes, but...

Posters #1 & #2, you are both 100% right. Death is meaningful if life was meaningful. As it says in the Talmud: "The righteous, even after their death, are called alive; the wicked, even in their lifetime, are called dead." (Berachos 18a). However, Lori's point is that if one dies "al Kiddush Hashem - sanctifying G-'d's name" which includes being killed solely because one is a Jew, then that death has added meaning, with positive repercussions for the departed soul in the afterlife. It doesn't have to be in Israel. The location isn't what makes the difference hear, but rather the sanctification of G-d's name. If a Jew is killed in Hyper Cacher in Paris because he is a Jew, he has also died sanctifying G-d's name with its rewards, while if a Jew is killed by a drunken driver in the streets of Jerusalem, he does not have that added value of having died sanctifying G-d's name. Life and death have meaning. Death al Kiddush Hashem has added meaning.

(2) Alene, November 30, 2015 2:00 AM

Meaningless death?

No life is meaningless, therefore no death is meaningless. How can you think that? How can you say that to your readers? I was looking to your message with the hopes of guidance through the fear and sadness I am feeling since we lost Ezra Schwartz. Please do over. From the mom of an 18 year old boy studying in Israel.

lori, November 30, 2015 10:04 PM

All lives have meaning. But some deaths have no meaning-- to be killed in robbery? To die in a skiing accident? They are tragedies with no meaning. To die as a Jew, because you were a Jew-- a tragedy with tremendous meaning.

(1) Melissa, November 29, 2015 4:41 PM

Whoah girl!!

Lori, i'm always supportive of your work, but i do feel you're on slippery ground here.... "holy ground" is where a Jew takes off his sandal and places it. Therein, he works by means of Torah and mitzvot and the commandments that Moses brought to bring about Tikkun O'lam. It's not just Aleph it's the entire hebrew alphabet!!


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