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.
Segev Peniel Avichayil, aged 15, from Neve Daniel
Yochai Lifshitz, aged 18, from Jerusalem
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.