“Shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?”
Today all of the Jewish people mourn the deaths of Rabbis Moshe Twersky, Kalman Levine, Avraham Goldberg and Arieh Kupinsky, who lost their lives in a bloodthirsty terror attack.
This attack has shaken me to the core, in particular because of personal connections. Kalman was in Yeshiva with me 30 years ago; he was a man of incredible dedication to Torah learning, a warm, considerate and funny person. Looking at his face online, I see the same shy smile, the same wonderful man who would help anyone.
Who would want to kill someone so kind?
I just spoke to my brother in Israel. My brother teaches at Toras Moshe, the same Yeshiva where Rav Moshe Twersky was a Rosh Yeshiva. Rav Twersky came from a long line of Torah giants and scholars; his grandfather Rav Yoseph Ber Soloveitchik was the leading voice of Yeshiva University for a half a century, and his father was the head of Harvard’s department of Jewish studies. My brother told me that R. Moshe was a true Gaon, an intellectual giant, yet also warm and down to earth, a true pleasure to have as a friend.
With his death, a life of genius is cut short.
There is no explanation for this type of senseless hatred. None. I cannot bear to watch the TV “analysts” who are pontificating whether this is a “strategic” attack or a lone wolf. Frankly it doesn’t matter. Great people have been murdered in a holy synagogue by evil, violent people. Their loss leaves a gaping hole in the heart of anyone who knew them, and leaves all of mankind diminished. It is infuriating that the reporters can’t understand who these people are, and talk about them as if they are stock characters in a cut and paste news story.
Yehi zichram Baruch. May their memory be blessed.