Statement From Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Rabbi Moshe Hauer on the Victims of Terror in Israel

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24 Aug 2023

Lo tuchal lehitaleim. You cannot ignore it.

When our brother or sister is hurt or in trouble, we cannot and must not ignore it. We cannot and must not be absent or invisible, failing to act or to raise our voices. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers and we may not stand by as their blood is spilled. We must never become accustomed to and unmoved by the news of yet another victim of a terrorist attack on our brothers and sisters in Israel.

We mourn the deaths earlier this week of Shay and Aviad Nigreker and of Batsheva Nigri. We pray that Hashem comfort and strengthen their families and communities, providing healing for the wounded, and that He protect us all from further harm.

We pray that Hashem grant His light and truth to the leaders of the Israeli government and strengthen the hands of Tzahal, the defenders of our Holy Land and Nation, granting them success in their mandate to pursue peace and security and crowning them with victory in their war on terror, bringing peace to the land and everlasting joy to its inhabitants.

ויקוים בהם הכתוב כי ד’ אלקיכם ההלך עמכם להלחם לכם עם איביכם להושיע אתכם, ונאמר אמן.

May there be fulfilled in them the verse we read from the Torah last Shabbat (Devarim 20:4), “It is Hashem your G-d Who goes with you to fight against your enemies for you, to bring you victory.” Amen.