In Jerusalem
A bomb went off today.
One woman died (so far);
Thirty others harmed.

She died
waiting for a bus,
without even a moment
to say

Torah says:
“The voice is the voice of Yakov;
but the hands are the hands of Esav.” [1]
Of this, a midrash says:
Esav’s weapon is his hands;
Israel’s weapon —
his voice
in prayer.

I take a weapon
to the killers, then —
My words:

Ha-Shem, Who is Al’lah,

Forgive them, teach them.
Forgive us, teach us.
Soothe the hearts
of those
who grieve.
Soothe the hearts
of those
who hate.

Let there be
an end
to hate.

Let there be
an end
to grief.

Yitgadal v’yitkadash


[1] Ber./Genesis 27:22

The woman who died was Mary Jean Gardner, a 59-year-old British national, who was studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Names of the injured:

Ad Shapira – Ad is 18 years old and just about to complete high school. She
suffered light orthopedic injuries and is in good condition in hospital.

Daniel Yehuda ben Rachel Nurit – Daniel is 13 years old, and suffered
lacerations and shrapnel injuries to his lower extremities, and is likely to
be released from the hospital before Shabbat.

David Amoyal – David is the owner of the snack stand next to the bus stop.
He told everyone to run away and then called the police, and was on the
phone with them when the bomb exploded.  He suffered injuries to his legs
and feet and lower body.  He is in moderate condition.

Elchanan Ovadia ben Alona – Elchanan is 14 years old, and suffered serious
injuries to his feet.  One ankle and three of his toes were crushed.  He has
had one operation and will require more surgery.  He will likely be in the
hospital at least 2-3 weeks.

Leah Bracha bat Shoshana Batya – is a 19-year-old seminary student.  She
suffered burns to her legs and arms as well as serious shock.

Natan Daniel ben Shulamit – a 17-year-old student who is in serious
condition.  He suffered massive internal injuries and has had a number of
internal organs removed.

Netanel ben Shlomit – Netanel is 18 years old and works as a security guard
at the bus station.  He was injured in the abdomen had surgery.  He is now
recuperating in the hospital.

Odelia Nechama bat Michal – suffered serious head injuries and is in
intensive care.  Her life is still in danger.

Sasson ben Shulamit – This is the second time Sasson has been injured in a
terrorist attack in Jerusalem.  He suffered lower body injuries and serious
post-traumatic symptoms.  His wife is pregnant with their fifth child and
suffering from panic and fear.  Her name is Nechama bat Shoshana Shama.

Shilo ben Ofra – Shilo is 15 years old, and suffered burns and fractures to
his legs and lower abdomen.  He is sedated in intensive care.

Shaindel bat Raizel – Another seminary (post high school) girl learning in
Israel this year was operated on last night from the Jerusalem bombing
yesterday.  This new name came from the Har Nof list.

Yisrael ben Dina