Zero people have had anything happen to them despite 45 people losing their lives in the greatest civilian tragedy in Israel’s 73-year history. Zero.
The families of the victims sitted for the week of shiva, the Jewish rituals of mourning during which the bereaved receives visits and attentions in the memory of the lost ones.
On one hand some rock cut burials dating back to the time of the Mishna are present in Meron. On the other, no archaeological evidence linking them to the Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was ever found.
There was something biblical about both the scope and nature of the disaster that took the lives of 45 people in the early hours of Friday morning, April 30.
As the public began to learn the victims' identities on Friday, the personal aspect of the tragedy began to come into greater focus for Jewish communities worldwide.
And the most pervasive question of all: Why did God allow this to happen?
Our students never blamed the police or the hassidim. They showed concern for everyone.
Itzhak was charged with leading dozens of Border Police officers as the chaotic night dragged on.
Many are calling for a full government investigation into what exactly caused the incident. Others are answering the question by looking inward in spiritual reflection.
There is no reason and no justification for the victims’ deaths. There is no good that came from their deaths. No lesson for the collective Jewish people.