All four worshippers who were murdered in the Har Nof synagogue were foreign nationals: 3 Americans and one British:
The four victims were Rabbi Moshe Twersky, hy”d, ‘Rosh Kollel’ for the ‘Torat Moshe’ yeshiva; Rabbi Kalman Levine, hy”d; Aryeh Kupinsky, hy”d, and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, hy”d.
Police revealed that all four victims were dual citizens, with three holding American citizenship, and the fourth British citizenship.
Kupinsky (43) lost his 13-year-old daughter Chaya Hana two years ago. Goldberg (68) made aliyah (immigration) to Israel in 1991, and leaves behind a wife and six children. Rabbi Levine (50) leaves behind a wife and nine children, as well as five grandchildren.
Rabbi Twersky, a grandson of Rabbi Joseph Dov Soloveitchik and a direct descendant of Rabbi Chaim of Brisk, was born in the US and made aliyah in 1990 with his family. He leaves behind a wife, five children and ten grandchildren. Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, a prominent head of the Lithuanian hareidi community, eulogized the rabbi saying “he was a great and holy man. He was so close to G-d in his holy life and was murdered in the middle of his prayer, with the tefilin (phyllacteries) on his head.”
Rabbi Twersky’s funeral was to be held at 2 p.m. at the Torat Moshe yeshiva in Sanhedria.
The funeral services for Rabbi Levine, Mr. Kupinsky, and Mr. Goldberg began at 3 p.m. at the synagogue in which they were murdered, the Kehillat Bnai Torah Yeshiva Synagogue in Har Nof.
Thousands attended the funeral of the three, including President Reuven Rivlin.
Here is an excerpt from article about Avrohom Goldberg from the Daily Telegraph (h/t David):
David Osborne, a friend of Goldberg, told Jewish News: “He was the most wonderful person you could meet, a pillar of the community.”
Mr Osborne said: “Avraham prayed there most days for the last ten years or so, he was a devout Jew with no political agenda. All he wanted was to live a peaceful life. His family are the nicest people you could meet.”
Palestinian terrorists don’t care about “nice” or about holy places – ours, theirs or anyone else’s. All are legitimate targets in their eyes if it enables them to kill Jews.
Real JStreets at Israellycool writes about her own knowledge of Rabbi Twersky HY’D and the other victims.
While I was never privileged to know any of the victims, there are not many degrees of separation between us. Rabbi Twersky taught my cousin’s sons at his famed yeshiva; Mr. Kupinsky studied at the same yeshiva as my husband; and Mr. Goldberg was an ex-Londoner from my own neighbourhood, whose wife is related to a good friend of ours.
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים
May their families and friends be comforted along with all the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may they know no more sorrow.
It was just announced a short while ago that a 5th victim of the Palestinian terrorist attack on the shul in Har Nof has passed away, Zidan Saif, a Druze policeman who was critically injured during the attack:
Saif, 30, was shot in the head during a gunfight with the two terrorists. According to eyewitnesses, he was hit by a bullet when attempting to protect a fellow police officer.
He is the fifth victim of the attack.
Druze community leaders and residents of Saif’s village of Yanuh-Jat in the Galilee describe him as a hero, NRG reports.
“We are proud of our sons who act fearlessly on the front against terrorist attacks,” Muefek Tarif, a spiritual leader of the Druze community, says, according to the NRG news site.
“This is a dark day for the Israeli public and the State of Israel, a day when its citizens are murdered for their Jewish beliefs.”
“The Druze community strongly condemns the act of terrorism, where Palestinian terrorists massacred and slaughtered innocent civilians.”
I am moved almost beyond tears at the strong word of empathy and support from the Druze leadership. The contrast between the Druze community and so much of the Muslim one could not be greater. Would that their Muslim compatriots feel the same way.
Saif is survived by his wife and four-month-old daughter, Channel 10 reports.
May they too be comforted along with all the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may they know no more sorrow.