Eight Torah scrolls were dedicated Tuesday night at the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva in Jerusalem in memory of eight victims murdered by an Arab terrorist last year. Israel National News presents some of the raw footage from the event:
The families of each of the victims accepted one of the scrolls, all of which were commissioned by a single anonymous donor. The ceremony includes the writing by the families of the final letters of each of the scrolls.
The memorial occasion marks the worldwide conclusion of the study of the 2,700-page Babylonian Talmud, sponsored by B'Lev Echad (With One Heart) and Mercaz HaRav. Over the course of this past year, those who wished to study a two-sided page of the religious-legal tome, or several of them, in memory of the slain students signed up via an Internet site designated for the purpose, specifying the pages they planned to study. The entire Talmud was completed more than three times.
"For 80 years Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva has been spreading the light of Torah and unity among all sectors of the People of Israel, in Israel and abroad,” the world-renowned yeshiva said in a statement. “Following the path of our master-teacher Rabbi Kook, of blessed memory, thousands of its graduates have integrated into all aspects of Israeli communal life, and serve today as the spiritual and moral vanguard of the State of Israel."
"One year ago, foxes entered our holy precinct in order to silence the voice of the redemptive Torah reverberating in Israel. Eight of our students, from Mercaz HaRav and from the Yeshiva High School, boys and young men who were laboring in the tents of Torah, paid with their lives for it, and went up to Heaven with a single, clear message: 'Only be strong and very courageous to observe [and] do according to all the laws which Moses My servant commanded you... for then you shall make your way successfully...." (Joshua 1:7, 8)
The victims were Yonatan Yitzchak Eldar, Ro'i Aharon Roth, Neria Cohen, Avraham David Moses, Segev Pniel Avichayil, Doron Mahareta, Yonadav Hirschfeld, and Yochai Lifschitz.
Last week, a highly emotional circumcision ceremony (brit milah) was held at the yeshiva, when the son of one of the men who killed the perpetrator of the Mercaz HaRav murders was ritually circumcised by the father of one of the victims.