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Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Say Mourners’ Kaddish for the Fogel Family

Ruth Fogel (35), Udi Fogel (36.5),
Elad (4), Yoav (11), Hadas (3 months)

This is the graphic You Tube video in Hebrew with English subtitles  of 12 year old Tamar Fogel, the only surviving child of the  Fogel family massacred  last erev Shabbat, March 11th in their home in Itamar, a Jewish settlement in Samaria.  You will see a shiva or condolence call by Israel PM Netanyahu to the bereaved surviving child and extended Fogel Family.  The actual title translated from the Hebrew into English is “They shoot, we build” a reference to a comment made by PM Netanyahu.

Here is a link to The Iconoclast blog post, "The Horror, The Horror - What Arab Peace Looks Like in Israel" with graphic pictures of the Fogel family slaughtered by Palestinian Jihadis.

In the Jewish religion the bereaved say mourner’s prayers or kaddish for the departed daily for eleven months following their passing. It is not uncommon in catastrophes like the Itamar massacre of the Fogel family that Rabbis might suggest that all members of a congregation stand and say kaddish. A fitting acknowledgement of the disaster that befell the Fogel family survivors and all Jews would be to say kaddish in solidarity for the mourning period- thirty days from their interment.

Tomorrow at Noon EDST in the US,  the New York Jewish Federation  is sponsoring a  community-wide Memorial Service for the Fogels  to be held at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun located at 125 E. 85th Street  in Manhattan. The Memorial Service   will be broadcast via live streaming WebTV and can be seen at this link.

The following is the Mourner’s Kaddish prayer in English from the Orthodox Union website.


 Glorified and sanctified be God's great name throughout the world which He has created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen. May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity. Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen. May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen. He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He create peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.


Having read the translation of the Kaddish Prayer, one should realize that, although Jewish Law requires that the Kaddish be recited during the first eleven months following the death of a loved one by prescribed mourners, and on each anniversary of the death (the "Yahrtzeit"), and by custom in the State of Israel by all Jews on the Tenth of Tevet ("Yom HaKaddish HaKlali'), there is no reference, no word even, about death in the prayer! The theme of Kaddish is, rather, the Greatness of G-d, Who conducts the entire universe, and especially his most favored creature, each individual human being, with careful supervision. In this prayer, we also pray for peace - from apparently the only One Who can guarantee it - peace between nations, peace between individuals, and peace of mind. Paradoxically, this is, in fact, the only true comfort in the case of the loss of a loved one. That is, to be able to view the passing of the beloved individual from the perspective that that person's soul was gathered in, so to speak, by the One Who had provided it in the first place. As Beruriah, the great wife of Rabbi Meir, consoled her husband, upon the death of their two sons, with words to this effect, "A soul is comparable to an object which was given to us - to each individual, to his or her parents and loved ones, to guard and watch over for a limited time. When the time comes for the object to be returned to its rightful owner, should we not be willing to return it? With regard to our sons, let us therefore consider the matter as 'The L-rd gave, and the L-rd took back, may the Name of the L-rd be Blessed!' "

Posted on 03/16/2011 7:43 PM by Jerry Gordon
16 Mar 2011
Christina McIntosh

 There should indeed be a new Jewish village in Samaria.

And if it was up to me to name it, I would say: call it Gan Hadas, 'Hadassah's Garden'.

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