March 9, 2008
Yeshiva terror attack cut religious Zionists deeply
(Page 2 - Previous Page)"Right now everyone is crying and looking for a way not to break down," said Rabbi Yuval Sherlow, the head of a national religious yeshiva in the Tel Aviv suburb of Petach Tikvah.
"The key is not to lose faith; one must find meaning in this. In the various eulogies, everyone did so in their own way -- some calling for unity, others saying this was a punishment or a warning bell," he told JTA. "As soon as you can put some kind of meaning to an event, it is not seen as having happened for nothing."
Sherlow said the fact that the attack coincided with the beginning of the Jewish month of Adar, the month that is supposed to be focused on joy and the celebration of Purim, has made grieving in the community feel more complex and conflicted.
Noting the proximity of Purim to the yeshiva attack, some rabbis have compared the perpetrators to modern-day Hamans or Amaleks, the biblical foes of the Jewish people.
For Rina Oved, 18, whose friend's brother was among those killed, there is confusion and anger.
"At the funerals I saw young children and I thought, 'They should not be there,'" Oved said, "but then I also thought I should not be there, kids my age should not be at funerals, and I've been to more than one, to my dismay. And eight at once, that is a real blow."
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