Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Remembrance Day for Little Girls

Two weeks ago today Israel commemorated Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a siren and official ceremonies to remember the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis in World War II.

One week ago today, Israel commemorated Remembrance Day for fallen soldiers and terror victims with a siren and official ceremonies to remember those who fell in defense of Israel.

Today, the 11th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar, is the second anniversary of the murder of Tali Hatuel and her four daughters, Hila 11, Hadar 9, Roni 7, and Merav 2, z"l. They were gunned down as they were driving from their home in Gush Katif. Their ceremony will be a private one, but we should all remember them just the same.

In this war that isn't a war, their "battleground" was the family station wagon.

In this war that isn't a war, their "defense" was their innocence. In most of the civilized world people don't target women and children and kill them in cold blood. In this case their innocence wasn't enough to protect them.

When Jews refer to someone who has died, we usually put the letters z"l after their names. This abbreviation stands for "zichrono l'bracha" in Hebrew, which means "his memory should be a blessing". It is customary to memorialize a person by giving charity in their name, so that this verbal wish is realized practically, and that blessings really are brought into this world in connection to the person who is no longer with us.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the details of the conflict between the Jews and the Arab terrorists in the Middle East, and are confused by both the deliberately distorted moral equivalence put forth by the media and the dust kicked up by the anti-Semites, here it is in a nutshell.

There is a qualitative difference between the two sides in the conflict, and can be summarized simply in a way that is short enough for a sound byte.

Look at the reaction to senseless death, and how the dead are "memorialized".

The Arab terrorists react to senseless death by calling for more senseless death. They exhort their followers to become suicide bombers, and they dress their babies in bomb belts.

How do the Jews react to senseless death?

Look at David Hatuel, the husband and father who lost everything dear to him two years ago. If anyone has the "right" to call for revenge and could be forgiven for doing so, it is David.

He didn't do that. First, he rebuilt his life and remarried a few months ago. Second, he set up a memorial fund in memory of his wife and daughters, that gives money to infertile couples so that they can undergo treatments that will hopefully help them bring children into the world. He thought that this was the most fitting memorial to them, because in addition to the other things his daughters may have done with their lives, getting married and bringing up Jewish babies would have been central.

How do Jews react to senseless death? By bringing forth more life.



Anonymous Jeremayakovka said...

Thanks to your quality link I see she was a social worker who worked with families of terror victims, too. Her bumper sticker said, "Uprooting the settlements. Victory for terror."

Reminds me of the Christian schoolgirls in Malaysia who were beheaded. And the school in Beslan. Every non-Muslim is a potential target of their terror (which they don't even call "terror").

This is a humbling reminder that our responsibilities to the dead do not outweigh our responsibilities to the living. Thank you.

3:28 PM, May 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your uplifting thoughts on such a tragic day. Know Hope!

5:04 AM, May 10, 2006  
Blogger aliyah06 said...

Wonderful and timely reminder. My husband and I, who watch public television here and therefore feel obliged to support it, cancelled the watching and the support when the public broadcasting radio affiliate, NPR, covered the Hatuel massacre by excusing these deaths because they were 'settlers.' We not only cancelled our membership but wrote detailed letters condemning the outrageous immorality of justifying the butchery of 4 girl children and their pregnant mother.

We've never forgotten the Hatuel family, z"l.

8:46 AM, May 10, 2006  
Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

great post.

thanks WBM

12:53 PM, May 10, 2006  
Blogger westbankmama said...

jeremayakovka - one of the things that drew me to Orthodox Judaism was the combination of high ideals with practical, down to earth actions. Remembering the dead by doing good deeds for the living is just one example.

annonymous - thank you for your good wishes.

aliyah06 - they really justified that? I'm in shock.

jerusalem cop - thank you.

2:17 PM, May 10, 2006  
Blogger Jack's Shack said...

Good post.

6:15 PM, May 10, 2006  
Blogger bec said...

since it happened, i have often thought about the hatuel family and the tragedy that occurred. i think that for many, acts of terror such as this, have served as a deterrent for either considering aliyah or visiting israel. people don't realize that if more families would just go over, there might be fewer incidences of terror (or at least, this is what i believe.)
you make a really good point:"How do Jews react to senseless death? By bringing forth more life."
i think that this simple answer is one of the keys to the survival of the jewish people. in spite of everything, we've never given up hope for our future, and our future generations.
really a poignant post.

10:13 PM, May 10, 2006  
Blogger aliyah06 said...

Yes. They did. The female radio correspondent talked about the shooting of a car containing "a female settler" and her "passengers" driving through 'occupied Gaza'--no mention that it was a pregnant woman with four small children on her way to a prenatal appointment and rendezvous with her husband. We were outraged.

You've heard what NPR stands for, haven't you? "National Palestine Radio."

3:46 AM, May 11, 2006  
Blogger westbankmama said...

jack - thank you.

bec - after 9/11 I don't think even Americans can delude themselves into thinking that there is a country completely safe from terrorism

aliyah06 - no, I had never heard of NPR being called that. Then again, I have never listened to NPR!

11:24 AM, May 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WBM: Victims of terror attacks usually have the HY'D הי"ד after their names instead of Z'L.

Still, that leaves revenge up to G-d...not to us.

4:41 PM, May 11, 2006  
Blogger cruisin-mom said...

I love the way you have succinctly expressed the two very different ways of responding to life and death.

5:15 PM, May 11, 2006  
Blogger westbankmama said...

annonymous - why is that put there instead? I would think that the z"l is much more meaningful.

cruisin-mom- thank you.

7:10 PM, May 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

warhammer gold warhammer money warhammer accounts tibia money tibia gold tibia item runescape accounts buy runescape accounts runescape money runescape gold runescape gp runescape power leveling runescape powerleveling cheap rs2 powerleveling runescape equipment buy rs equipment runescape runes cheap rs2 runes runescape logs cheap rs2 logs runescape items buy runescape items runescape quest point rs2 quest point cheap runescape questpoint runescape gold runescape items runescape power leveling runescape money runescape gold buy runescape gold buy runescape money runescape items runescape accounts runescape gp runescape accounts runescape money runescape power leveling runescape powerleveling tibia gold dofus kamas buy dofus kamas wow power leveling wow powerleveling runescape questpoint rs2 questpoint Warcraft PowerLeveling Warcraft Power Leveling World of Warcraft PowerLeveling World of Warcraft Power Leveling Hellgate money Hellgate gold buy runescape logs buy rs2 items cheap runescape items Hellgate London gold Guild Wars Gold buy Guild Wars Gold runescape items rs2 accounts cheap rs2 equipments lotro gold buy lotro gold buy runescape money buy runescape gold buy runescape runes lotro gold buy lotro gold runescape money runescape gold cheap rs2 powerleveling eve isk eve online isk buy runescape power leveling rs2 power leveling tibia gold tibia item runescape accounts Fiesta Silver Fiesta Gold Scions of Fate Gold Hellgate Palladium Hellgate London Palladium SOF Gold Age Of Conan Gold AOC Gold ArchLord gold tibia money tibia gold runescape accounts runescape gold cheap rs2 powerleveling buy ArchLord gold DDO Plat Dungeons and Dragons Online Plat

7:17 AM, October 26, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...








4:25 PM, December 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

runescape money runescape gold runescape money buy runescape gold buy runescape money runescape money runescape gold wow power leveling wow powerleveling Warcraft Power Leveling Warcraft PowerLeveling buy runescape gold buy runescape money runescape itemsrunescape accounts runescape gp dofus kamas buy dofus kamas Guild Wars Gold buy Guild Wars Gold lotro gold buy lotro gold lotro gold buy lotro gold lotro gold buy lotro gold runescape money runescape power leveling runescape money runescape gold dofus kamas cheap runescape money cheap runescape gold Hellgate Palladium Hellgate London Palladium Hellgate money Tabula Rasa gold tabula rasa money Tabula Rasa Credit Tabula Rasa Credits Hellgate gold Hellgate London gold wow power leveling wow powerleveling Warcraft PowerLeveling Warcraft Power Leveling World of Warcraft PowerLeveling World of Warcraft Power Leveling runescape power leveling runescape powerleveling eve isk eve online isk eve isk eve online isk tibia gold Fiesta Silver Fiesta Gold
Age of Conan Gold
buy Age of Conan Gold
aoc gold

china tour
beijing tour
beijing travel
china tour
tibet tour
tibet travel
computer monitoring software
employee monitoring

3:36 AM, December 29, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:40 PM, April 05, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

看房子,買房子,建商自售,自售,台北新成屋,台北豪宅,新成屋,豪宅,美髮儀器,美髮,儀器,髮型,EMBA,MBA,學位,EMBA,專業認證,認證課程,博士學位,DBA,PHD,在職進修,碩士學位,推廣教育,DBA,進修課程,碩士學位,網路廣告,關鍵字廣告,關鍵字,課程介紹,學分班,文憑,牛樟芝,段木,牛樟菇,日式料理, 台北居酒屋,日本料理,結婚,婚宴場地,推車飲茶,港式點心,尾牙春酒,台北住宿,國內訂房,台北HOTEL,台北婚宴,飯店優惠,台北結婚,場地,住宿,訂房,HOTEL,飯店,造型系列,學位,SEO,婚宴,捷運,學區,美髮,儀器,髮型,看房子,買房子,建商自售,自售,房子,捷運,學區,台北新成屋,台北豪宅,新成屋,豪宅,學位,碩士學位,進修,在職進修, 課程,教育,學位,證照,mba,文憑,學分班,台北住宿,國內訂房,台北HOTEL,台北婚宴,飯店優惠,住宿,訂房,HOTEL,飯店,婚宴,台北住宿,國內訂房,台北HOTEL,台北婚宴,飯店優惠,住宿,訂房,HOTEL,飯店,婚宴,台北住宿,國內訂房,台北HOTEL,台北婚宴,飯店優惠,住宿,訂房,HOTEL,飯店,婚宴,結婚,婚宴場地,推車飲茶,港式點心,尾牙春酒,台北結婚,場地,結婚,場地,推車飲茶,港式點心,尾牙春酒,台北結婚,婚宴場地,結婚,婚宴場地,推車飲茶,港式點心,尾牙春酒,台北結婚,場地,居酒屋,燒烤,美髮,儀器,髮型,美髮,儀器,髮型,美髮,儀器,髮型,美髮,儀器,髮型,小套房,小套房,進修,在職進修,留學,證照,MBA,EMBA,留學,MBA,EMBA,留學,進修,在職進修,牛樟芝,段木,牛樟菇,關鍵字排名,網路行銷,PMP,在職專班,研究所在職專班,碩士在職專班,PMP,證照,在職專班,研究所在職專班,碩士在職專班,SEO,廣告,關鍵字,關鍵字排名,網路行銷,網頁設計,網站設計,網站排名,搜尋引擎,網路廣告,SEO,廣告,關鍵字,關鍵字排名,網路行銷,網頁設計,網站設計,網站排名,搜尋引擎,網路廣告,SEO,廣告,關鍵字,關鍵字排名,網路行銷,網頁設計,網站設計,網站排名,搜尋引擎,網路廣告,SEO,廣告,關鍵字,關鍵字排名,網路行銷,網頁設計,網站設計,網站排名,搜尋引擎,網路廣告,EMBA,MBA,PMP,在職進修,專案管理,出國留學,EMBA,MBA,PMP,在職進修,專案管理,出國留學,EMBA,MBA,PMP,在職進修,專案管理,出國留學,婚宴,婚宴,婚宴,婚宴,漢高資訊,漢高資訊,比利時,比利時聯合商學院,宜蘭民宿,台東民宿,澎湖民宿,墾丁民宿,花蓮民宿,SEO,找工作,汽車旅館,阿里山,日月潭,阿里山民宿,東森購物,momo購物台,pc home購物,購物漢高資訊,漢高資訊,在職進修,漢高資訊,在職進修,民宿,民宿,整形,造型,室內設計,室內設計,漢高資訊,在職進修,漢高資訊,在職進修,民宿,美容,室內設計,在職進修,羅志祥,周杰倫,五月天,民宿,民宿,整形,整形,室內設計,室內設計,比利時聯合商學院,在職進修,比利時聯合商學院,在職進修,漢高資訊,找工作,找工作,找工作,找工作,找工作,蔡依林,林志玲

9:27 AM, April 15, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw this (ages after it was written) and just had to say that you made a big generalization. Not all Arabs responds to death by calling for more death, and it is unfair to generalize as that. The majority of my friends (and I am Jewish) are Arabs - a number are Arabs whose family-members have died in Israeli rocket attacks - and not a single one calls for more violence. Stereotypes should not be promoted, they are just stereotypes and they lump the (majority population of Arabs) ones who love peace in with (the loud minority of Arabs) those who promote violence and hatred.

4:41 PM, July 17, 2011  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 09.15
burberry outlet online, prada handbags, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, christian louboutin outlet, louis vuitton, ray ban sunglasses, replica watches, louboutin shoes, longchamp outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, louis vuitton, longchamp outlet, nike air max, ugg boots, louboutin, jordan shoes, ugg boots, michael kors outlet, ugg boots, longchamp, nike free, louis vuitton outlet, michael kors outlet, ugg boots, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet, michael kors, gucci outlet, tory burch outlet, oakley sunglasses, louboutin outlet, louis vuitton outlet, michael kors outlet, uggs on sale, louis vuitton, polo ralph lauren outlet, prada outlet, burberry, tiffany jewelry, replica watches, nike outlet, nike air max, tiffany and co, oakley sunglasses

6:11 AM, September 15, 2015  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

north face, tn pas cher, lululemon, michael kors, sac guess, burberry, nike blazer, coach factory outlet, hollister, true religion jeans, vanessa bruno, true religion jeans, hollister pas cher, kate spade handbags, nike roshe run, lacoste pas cher, true religion jeans, ray ban uk, coach purses, ray ban pas cher, air jordan pas cher, air max, michael kors, longchamp pas cher, michael kors, chanel handbags, ralph lauren pas cher, michael kors, hogan, new balance pas cher, hermes, nike free, nike air max, sac longchamp, converse pas cher, coach outlet, timberland, north face, oakley pas cher, kate spade outlet, coach outlet, vans pas cher, true religion outlet, louboutin pas cher, air force

6:14 AM, September 15, 2015  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

baseball bats, asics running shoes, mac cosmetics, north face outlet, babyliss, nike trainers, hollister, jimmy choo shoes, celine handbags, soccer jerseys, nike huarache, nike roshe, beats by dre, bottega veneta, birkin bag, ralph lauren uk, lululemon, nike air max, vans shoes, abercrombie and fitch, giuseppe zanotti, reebok shoes, chi flat iron, mcm handbags, nike free run uk, abercrombie and fitch, ghd, nfl jerseys, ferragamo shoes, wedding dresses, insanity workout, longchamp, hollister, nike air max, north face outlet, nike roshe, p90x workout, new balance, mulberry, instyler, herve leger, valentino shoes, nike air max, mont blanc, soccer shoes

6:17 AM, September 15, 2015  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

louboutin, replica watches, iphone 6 cases, juicy couture outlet, louis vuitton, juicy couture outlet, doke gabbana outlet, ray ban, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, michael kors outlet online, gucci, lancel, supra shoes, pandora jewelry, montre pas cher, oakley, wedding dresses, karen millen, links of london, swarovski crystal, hollister, louis vuitton, nike air max, bottes ugg, converse outlet, pandora jewelry, michael kors handbags, timberland boots, michael kors outlet, toms shoes, vans, louis vuitton, louis vuitton, converse, hollister, sac louis vuitton pas cher, ugg pas cher, coach outlet, marc jacobs, ugg boots uk, pandora charms, thomas sabo, pandora charms, ralph lauren, swarovski
ninest123 09.15

6:20 AM, September 15, 2015  
Blogger Pansys Silvaz said...

air jordan 12
pandora outlet
michael kors
coach outlet store online
air max 90
soccer jerseys
coach outlet
michael kors handbags
prada sunglasses
givenchy jewelry

9:21 AM, June 22, 2018  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home