View point: Halamish — A community responds to tragedy

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August 13, 2017 18:03

A rabbi advises on how to cope with horrible tragedy.

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THE JEWISH community of Halamish where three members of the Salomon family were murdered on July 21.

THE JEWISH community of Halamish where three members of the Salomon family were murdered on July 21.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

WHEN A terrorist infiltrated Halamish and murdered three members of the Salomon family on Friday night, July 21, 2017, the community turned to its spiritual leader, Rabbi Jonathan Blass. Confined to a wheelchair after surgery on his legs, he was unable to leave his home to see the aftermath of the slaughter. Although severely limited, he found the strength to comfort his community.

Many felt fear and confusion as security forces searched for what they thought might be other terrorists. By Shabbat morning, the area was cleared and residents confronted the tragedy: Yosef Salomon, 70, his daughter Chaya, 40, and his son Elad, 35, father of five were dead; Yosef’s wife, Tova, was seriously wounded. They had been celebrating the birth of Yosef’s new grandson to his other son, Shmuel.

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