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26 Av 5761 - August 15, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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The Kedoshim of the Recent Bomb in Yerushalayim: Shema Yisroel on Their Lips
by Nosson Grossman, Betzalel Kahn, S. Bruchi, M. Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

When reports about the deaths of the terrorist victims in Jerusalem were processed, it became clear that many of the Jews died there with Shema Yisroel on their lips.

Frieda Mendelsohn Hy"d fell to the floor with her daughter tibodel lechayim tovim ve'arukim beside her, and together they began to recite Shema, word for word. Frieda Mendelsohn reached the end of the first parsha, and with her very last breath uttered the word "uvishe'orecho," and then returned her pure soul to its Maker.

Shira Namet, who was injured in the attack and did not lose consciousness at that horrifying time, relates that the children of the Schijueschuurder family also cried out Shema Yisroel during their very last minutes, as they were being consumed by flames. When Shira woke up after the long operation she underwent for her injuries, she told her father what happened after the terrorist activated the bomb.

She recalled that an entire family, had been standing in front of her on line in the restaurant had been hurt in the attack.

"After the explosion, the children went up in flames. One of them screamed, `Abba hatzilu!' The father replied: `Say Shema Yisroel.'

"Together, all of them recited Shema for a very very long time. Then, suddenly, there was silence."

In that manner, the victims of the attack, Hashem yikom domom, join the thousands upon thousands of sacred Jews who were murdered al kiddush Hashem throughout the generations by our Nation's enemies, who spilled Jewish blood like water. Jews leave this world as they cry out Shema Yisroel, accepting the Heavenly verdict with pure and complete faith.

A believing Jew knows that there is a reason for his life and that after his petiroh he goes on to a World which is only good. Kabolas ol malchus Shomayim at the last moments of one's life testifies more than anything else to the eternity of the Jewish Nation and to the fact that, while its enemies can harm its body, they cannot harm its soul.

Here are obituaries of some of the kedoshim who were murdered. These were the ones we were able to obtain.

Reb Mordechai Schijueschuurder, His Wife Tzirel and their Children: Raaya, Avrohom Yitzchok and Chemda, Hashem Yikom Domom

Thursday night, a shocked and broken throng accompanied the five members of the Schijueschuurder family Hy"d who were murdered in the suicide bombing on Thursday, 21 Av in Jerusalem.

The Holy Reb Mordecai Rafael Schijueschuurder Hy"d, son of Reb Yosef zt"l and Sarah tibodel lechayim tovim ve'arukim, was born in Amsterdam in Sivan 5717 (1957), in a home filled with love of Torah and chessed. His father was known as one who esteemed rabbonim and who nullified himself to daas Torah. He played an active role in the Jewish community of his city and was a founder and supporter of the kollel and talmud Torah in Amsterdam, and the chairman of Agudas Yisroel there for many years. He provided his sons with a Torah-true education, and hired private melamdim to teach them. He also hosted many prominent roshei yeshiva in his home.

As a young man, Reb Mordechai Hy"d, studied in the Beis Yosef yeshiva in Gateshead, and afterward in the Ponovezh yeshiva in Eretz Yisroel. He married Tzirel, Hy"d, the daughter of Reb Yosef Friedman of Netanya, who was descended from prominent rabbonim in Hungary and Eretz Yisroel.

After living in Bnei Brak briefly, the family moved to Kfar Avraham in Petach Tikvah, where Reb Mordechai became very close with the moro de'asra, HaRav Boruch Shimon Solomon, who called him one of the arayos shebechabura. While he lived in Petach Tikva, Reb Mordechai was a baal korei in the Nachlas Dovid yeshiva. Torah study was his main occupation and business a secondary one.

A few years ago he moved to the Talmon Tzafon (Neriah) settlement. Upon his arrival in the settlement, his helped establish the kollel, and also devoted his energies to founding a successful talmud Torah, al taharas hakodesh. One of the excellent students of that talmud Torah was his young son, Avrohom Yitzchok Hy"d.

Reb Mordechai was very gifted, and had outstanding powers of chiddush. He also knew how to gladden others in the proper manner. His wife, Tzirel Hy"d was involved in chessed in a discreet manner. After having taught in the Shmaya school in Bnei Brak for the hard-of-hearing for a number of years, she transferred to the Shema Koleinu school for hard-of-hearing children in Jerusalem, where she excelled in her dedication to each and every student, and offered counsel and encouragement to parents and teachers. In addition to her work within the school, she traveled throughout Europe, at her own expense and without remuneration, in order to counsel the principals of other schools and talmudei Torah about the development of their students.

This past Thursday, Reb Mordechai, his wife, and three of their children went up to Shomayim in a storm, with Shema Yisroel on their lips. The children killed in the attack are 14-year-old Raaya, Hy"d, 4-year-old Avrohom Yitzchok Hy"d, and 2-year-old Chemda Hy"d.

They are survived by three sons and two daughters who were injured in the attack, as well as by parents and siblings of Reb Mordechai and Tzirel who bitterly bemoan the loss of their beloved ones, and accept the Heavenly verdict with love.

Frieda Mendelsohn, Hy"d, o"h

On Thursday night 21 Menachem Av a large thong of Jerusalem residents, led by roshei yeshiva, rabbonim and dayanim, accompanied Mrs. Frieda Mendelsohn, Hy"d o"h, on her last earthly journey. The 62 year-old Mrs. Mendelsohn was murdered by the suicide bomber last Thursday.

Born in 5698 (1938) in the Old City of Jerusalem, Mrs. Mendelsohn was the daughter of Reb Yitzchok Avrohom and Zissel. Her parents' home was one of Torah and yiras Shomayim, and it was there that she acquired her outstanding traits.

Following Israel's 1948 war, her parents moved to the Katamon neighborhood. As a young girl, after school she would engage in various types of work in order to assist them financially. She married HaRav Shimon Mendelsohn, and together they built an outstanding Torah home.

Her concern for the needy constituted a special chapter in her life, and her home was a central address for the unfortunate and distressed. Every day, she would make special secret efforts to bring food to the sick and impoverished. She was known in her neighborhood for her aid to widows, orphans and the poor.

Her children relate that lately, she would speak with them about the midas hadin that hovers above us, and the need to do teshuva. A day prior to her petiroh she said that she hoped she would merit to lead her grandchildren to the chuppah. Her sons visited her the day prior to the attack. On Thursday morning, she went to a clinic for an arduous and serious medical test.

After the test, she and her daughter set out for a pidyon haben. Since she he had fasted all morning, as required by the examination, she stepped into the restaurant for a drink. Suddenly, the terrifying explosion occurred. She fell to the floor along with her daughter, who was seated beside her, and together they began to recite Shema Yisroel. As she reached the word "uvishe'orecho," she returned her pure soul to its Maker.

Her levaya on Thursday night was attended by numerous Jerusalem residents, who were shocked and deeply pained by the occurrence.

Hespedim were delivered by HaRav Shlomo Zalman Druck as well as by her sons, HaRav Yonah and HaRav Naftali. The maspidim spoke about her chessed and dedication to the Torah-true upbringing of her children. They also noted her trait of truth, a salient part of her personality.

She is survived by her husband, HaRav Shimon; her sons HaRav Yonah, a melamed in the Talmud Torah Ohel Torah; HaRav Naftali, an member of Kollel Chazon Ish; HaRav Tzvi, member of a kollel in Rechovot; HaRav Chaim Menachem, a melamed in the Talmudei Torah of Derech Tvuna and Itri; and two daughters, married, respectively, to HaRav Yosef Milgrod and HaRav Meir Duvdevani.

She was buried after chatzos in the cemetery on Har Hamenuchos.

People are requested to daven for the refuah shleima of her daughter, Miriam Chayah bas Frieda.

Malki Roth, Hy"d o"h, a 15-year-old Australian

"My lovely daughter Malki was born in Melbourne 15 years ago. Today, here in Jerusalem, she was murdered by a fanatic who didn't know a thing about her." These were the words of Arnold Roth, Malki's father, to an Australian newspaper called The Age in the aftermath of the terrible tragedy in Jerusalem that took 15 lives and injured more than 100.

Mr. Roth said that Malki had a loving and caring nature and was close to her brothers and sisters. Of the children in the Roth family, four were born in Melbourne. Malki was born at the Mercy Hospital. She was an award-winning flautist and youth club leader, she was due to go on a camp last Sunday.

The family is part of the Australian religious community.

Yocheved Shushan, Hy"d, O"h

On Thursday night 21 Av, ten-year-old Yocheved Shushan, Hy"d o"h, who was killed in the terrorist attack in the heart of Jerusalem, was brought to her final rest.

Yocheved was born on the fifth of Av, 5751, in a home of Torah and chessed. She is a great-granddaughter of HaRav Yaakov Yisrael Abuchatzeira, the Baba Sali, zt"l, and grew up in a genuine Torah home where she acquired her good middos.

Yocheved was beloved by her classmates and teachers, always conceded to her friends and was willing to help others, without asking anything in return.

She studied in the Beis Yaakov elementary school of Givat Shaul, where she was excelled in her davening and good character traits. She was a cheerful, sociable and vivacious child, who celebrated her tenth birthday only ten days ago at what was in retrospect a farewell mesiba.

All who knew her noted her unusual refinement and maturity, and her serious ways. Her family called her, "the sunshine of the house" and its "light" and finds it difficult to reconcile themselves to the fact that she is no longer with them.

Her heart-rending levaya, held in the Sanhedria beis levayos Thursday night after chatzos, was attended by many people despite the late hour. The maspidim aroused those in attendance to increase their Torah studies.

With the closing of the grave, a very brief span of life filled with good deeds, ended.

We are asked to daven for the refuah shleima of her sister, fifteen-year-old Miriam Sarah bas Esther, tibodel lechayim tovim ve'arukim who was seriously injured in the attack.


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