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Daily Israel Report

One Family, Two Miracles, One Tractor

The extended Bramson family of Jerusalem and Yesha held a festive thanksgiving meal this week in recognition of two major miracles that befell them within three days earlier this month. "We felt compelled both to publicize the miracles," Mrs. Bracha Bramson told Arutz-7's Yosef Zalmanson today, "and to show our appreciation and thanks to G-d for having merited them." Both stories involved bulle
First Publish: 10/4/2002, 4:05 PM

The extended Bramson family of Jerusalem and Yesha held a festive thanksgiving meal this week in recognition of two major miracles that befell them within three days earlier this month. "We felt compelled both to publicize the miracles," Mrs. Bracha Bramson told Arutz-7's Yosef Zalmanson today, "and to show our appreciation and thanks to G-d for having merited them." The first story, as reported here on Sep. 1, occurred when several family members were walking to Kiryat Arba after Friday night prayers at the Machpelah Cave in Hevron and were greeted by no less than 52 Arab terrorist bullets - yet no one was hurt. It was later understood that the terrorist was waiting to attack a large group of worshippers, and that the early arrival of the Bramson family triggered his shots. Had he in fact shot at the larger group walking only minutes behind, it is very likely that there would have been casualties.

The second Bramson story occurred three nights later, and has the same elements as the previous one: shots miraculously missing their mark, leading to the saving of other people as well. The incident, as recounted by Aryeh Bramson this afternoon, occurred as follows:
"I was serving in a reserves unit near Shechem, and was leaving the base for home. I was in the car with my wife, driving fairly slowly, when suddenly shots were fired at us. The shots seemed to go on for a very long time, but there was nothing we could do except watch the bullets fly by; there were amazing miracles, and absolutely none of the shots hit us... The car was very damaged, but we were not hit. I kept on driving until we were out of range, and then I radioed my commander. I told him where I was and what had happened. He sent a tank crew to search for the terrorists, but for some reason the tank became delayed, and he soon realized that he would have to do something else if he wanted to catch the terrorists. So he radioed our other force in nearby Brachah, where we have a tank keeping a lookout on Shechem. He told the tank crew where I was, and asked them to check the area - not realizing that my location was out of the tank's range. The tank spun around in our direction anyway - and "just happened" to notice two other terrorists trying to infiltrate into Brachah. The crew opened fire, and killed them. Understand: that tank usually keeps track of the opposite direction, and only because it was alerted to my incident did it spin around and look the other way [where it is not usually considered dangerous]."

It should be noted that just two nights beforehand, a terrorist managed to infiltrate Brachah and wound two people.

Aryeh Bramson took advantage of the conversation with Arutz-7 to say that he and about ten other people (four couples and several bachelors) live on a hilltop near Elon Moreh, "and there are tremendous open areas here that don't belong to anyone. The general rule in these areas is that whoever works the land, it's his. There are Arabs around here who are trying to take over these lands, and what we need to do is make sure to do it first. We are willing to work, and we have already begun to do so; all we need is a tractor, and then we can save a lot of lands for the Jewish people..."