In March 2011, two Palestinians from a nearby village infiltrated an Israeli community on the West Bank and killed the Fogel family with knives, first the parents as they slept and then the children.
I asked, “What Kind Of Person stabs a three-month old infant to death?” A similar question could be asked, “What kind of person goes to a kindergarten and shoots children?”
The Fogel murderers were driven by hate, not mental illness. When captured, one of the murderers proclaimed, “I’m proud of what I did…I did it all for Palestine.” In Gaza people passed out candy and Hamas issued a statement of support.
At the time I wrote a post, Prayer, about the prayer hanging over the bed of one of the children, 11-year old Jacob Fogel (via Israel Matzav).
I thought it was worth running again:
“May it be Your will, L-rd G-d and G-d of our forefathers, that I love every one of Israel as myself, and to graciously perform the positive commandment of loving your neighbor as yourself.
And may it also be Your will, Lord G-d and G-d of my forefathers, that you cause the hearts of my friends and neighbors to love me fervently, and that I be accepted and desirable to everyone, and that I be loving and pleasant, and that I be gracious and merciful in the eyes of all who see me. As water reflects face to face, so the heart of man to man. And all for the sake of Heaven, to do Your will, Amen.”
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I got my coffee this morning and read the Prof’s entry here. And there is one thumbs down.
I begin to think what kind of a moron would read the post and without comment (coward!) vote negatively?
I reread the prayer. I must now say the nay voter is acceptable and desirable to me. If he/she states his/her objections, it would even be for the better. But not necessary.
I hope a turn to mercy will work for us both. God knows we both need something. Sad times.
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I think I get it. Thanks much for your response.
I have to ask, Professor, why the intentional reluctance to spell out Lord God? Presumably the text over Jacob’s bed spells it out. And in the second paragraph of your translation you inadvertently spell out a portion of it.
I’m not poking at you…just curious is all.
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I wondered, the same as K. Thank you for sharing!
We all need to pray for mercy.
Lovely lovely prayer. Today he is with our Father in paradise.
EBL, so true. When wronged, we should never ask God for justice; for, justice requires that we get what we deserve. Frankly, if any of us got what we deserve, we’d be roasting in hell. Better we throw ourselves on God’s chesed, his tender loving kindness. One of these days, though, I’ll stop praying for justice for the Arabs in Gaza, Judea, and Samaria.
Compare that prayer to what the Palestinians teach their children and you have a quick distillation of the problem.
Thank you, sir for the pictured prayer I didn’t know about.
It was so much worse than the words “stabbed the three month old” because the savages went back after killing the parents and the sibling. They went back and SLIT her throat like they couldn’t leave a witness(in their demonic minds a 3 month old baby girl is a witness?)
I pray daily for the peace of Jerusalem as commanded but will never understand carnage of human beings.
The Fogel killer is a hero, idolized by the Palestinians who find it an heroic act to murder an infant. But no doubt if Israel withdrew the settlements all this would cease and the Palis would reach out in brotherhood.