Chief Rabbi of Israel visits victim of bus station attack

Chief Rabbi David Lau visits 46-year-old terror-stabbing victim in Jerusalem hospital.

Chana Roberts ,

Chief Rabbi David Lau
Chief Rabbi David Lau

Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau on Thursday morning visited the security guard who was stabbed Sunday afternoon at Jerusalem's Central Bus Station.

Asher Elmaliach, the 46-year-old victim, showed signs of improvement Tuesday, though he remains in serious condition.

Arriving at Shaare Zedek Hospital, Rabbi Lau recited several chapters of Psalms, and met and blessed Elmaliach and his family, who were standing near his bed.

Officials at Shaare Tzedek Hospital described Elmaliach’s survival as a “Hanukkah miracle”, stating that if the ambulance carrying Elmaliach had been delayed even a matter of minutes, he would not have survived.

“Had he come in two minutes later there would have been nothing we could do,” hospital staff said Monday. “That’s all that separated life from death.”