The Memory of Ezra Yehiel Schwartz,hy'd, at Oz v'Gaon

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House ( and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives ( He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

In direct response to the evil disparagement by "haaretz" and the "forward", today we donated 2 Tanachs and an Asher David Milstein volume of Isaiah to Givat Oz v'Gaon in memory of Ezra Yehiel Schwartz, hy'd. Ezra had reportedly set a personal goal of studying the entire Tanach this year in his yeshiva, now many others will do so in his merit at Givat Oz Vegaon!!

These pathetic attempts by "Sonei Yisrael" - "haters of Israel" to somehow denigrate the memory of this heroically martyred Jewish young man should be met with strong resolve and relentless appropriate responses. Givat Oz V'Gaon should be strengthened! The Yeshivas should be strengthened! Yeshivas Ashreinu (where Ezra learned) should be strenthened! The leftists and defeatists within MASA and the Jewish Agency should not be allowed to exploit this terrible tragedy to further their anti-Torah left-wing agendas by trying restrict young Jewish people from visiting historical Jewish places of spectacular significance. Now is exactly not the time to abandon Gush Etzion, Hevron, the Old City of Jerusalem and other vitally important areas of Eretz Yisrael!


Shabbat Shalom,

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem 

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