And these are the names…

 
And these are the names of the boys butchered in cold blood as they studied the Talmud, last Thursday evening, at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem. The names – and the faces. Look at them and remember.
The oldest was only 26.
The two youngest were just fifteen years old.
 
 
 Avraham David Moses, aged 16, from Efrat
 
                                                                          
                                                               
    Doron Meherete, aged 26, from Ashdod        
 
 
Neriya Cohen, aged 15, from Jerusalem 
 
 
 
                   Ro’i Roth, aged 19, from Elkanah
 
Segev Peniel Avichayil, aged 15, from Neve Daniel
 
                                                                        
 
 
 
                 Yochai Lifshitz, aged 18, from Jerusalem
 
Yonadav Ben Chaim Hirschfeld, aged 19, from Kochav Hashachar
 
    Yonatan Yitzchak Eldar, aged 16, from Shiloh
                 
 
 I knew none of them personally, yet who could fail to be moved to tears, reading the stories of each of them in today’s papers. Fifteen year old Segev Avichayil, for example, had already survived a previous terrorist shooting in his all-too-brief lifespan. His best friend, Avraham Moses, just sixteen years old, had been his study companion since they were in seventh grade. "Lovely and pleasant in their lives, in death they were not divided."
All eight of them were murdered as they sat, unarmed, in the yeshiva library, studying Talmud. The bloodsoaked page of Gemarah which sixteen year old Yonatan Eldar was studying when he was so brutally gunned-down, was buried with him.
 
May G-d avenge their blood.
 
                                            
 
 
 
 
 
 
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About Shimona from the Palace

Born in London, the UK, I came on Aliyah in my teens and now live in Jerusalem, where I practice law. I am a firm believer in the words of Albert Schweitzer: "There are two means of refuge from the sorrows of this world - Music and Cats." To that, you can add Literature. To curl up on the sofa with a good book, a cat at one's feet and another one on one's lap, with a classical symphony or concerto in the background - what more can a person ask for?
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