'King David' saves father, kids from terrorist

Man on his way to David's Tomb with two daughters was saved when terrorist turned and fled.

Hillel Fendel ,

King David's Tomb
King David's Tomb
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Rabbi Yosef Berger of Jerusalem told Arutz Sheva's Shimon Cohen of a recent miracle that he and hundreds of others heard via first-person testimony.

"Every Saturday night," Rabbi Berger said, "in the courtyard of King David's Tomb on Mt. Zion, we have a festive Melaveh Malka meal to usher out the Sabbath. Hundreds of people, not only from Jerusalem, come and take part in the singing and dancing until midnight, in honor of King David."

"This past Saturday night, one of the regulars – a man named Yeshayahu – got up and hushed everyone. With great emotion, he said: 'I must tell you all about the miracle that just happened to me.'

"He said that he comes every week with his two daughters to Mt. Zion, but this time, something different happened along the way. 'We were passing through one of the narrow streets in the Machaneh Yehuda section, when all of a sudden, an Arab jumped out at us, screaming, 'Itbah al-Yahud! [Slaughter the Jews!] Allahu Akbar!' He was crazed with bloodthirsty hatred, and he came running towards us, and of course my daughters began to scream and yell.'"

Rabbi Berger noted that there was no one in the area at the time who could help, and there was room for panic. But at that point, "With great presence of mind and with help from Above, Yeshayahu ran towards the Arab and called out, 'You cannot do anything to us, because we're on our way to King David.' He yelled this at the Arab – and the terrorist was simply overtaken by fear, and he ran away without doing anything."

"The truth is that I've heard many stories over the years that I've been here," Rabbi Berger added, "of miracles that occurred in the merit of King David." However, this specific miracle certainly visibly moved him.

An hour after the Arab terrorist ran away, Yeshayahu arrived at the Melaveh Malka meal and told the story. He told the participants that he had briefly hesitated as to whether or not to come, but that he realized that he had just been the beneficiary of a miracle in King David's merit and that therefore he felt obligated to publicize it.

"He told the story over and over," Rabbi Berger said, "about how he had directly faced death and heard his daughters screaming – and then how King David watched over him and saved him from harm."

Rabbi Berger said that he has already told the story many times since then, "as it is greatly encouraging to the people of Israel at this time, to see how G-d watches over every single person... Several rabbis told me that they had previously heard that if one finds himself in danger from a non-Jew, he should say, 'David King of Israel lives.' This of course fits in with Yeshayahu's story. I know that people are hesitant to go out these days... But the verses of the Psalms [written by King David] are filled with faith and trust in G-d."