Rocket Fire Completes a Torah Scroll Dedication in Sderot

Posted: 5/18/2007 9:54:00 PM
Author: Hana Levi Julian
Source: This excerpted article originally appeared on the Arutz 7 website on May 18, 2007.

Rocket Fire Completes a Torah Scroll Ceremony in Sderot
by Hana Levi Julian

( Hamas terrorists did not succeed late Thursday night to prevent a Torah scroll from reaching its ark in a Sderot synagogue, but it was a close contest.

A rocket fired from Gaza slammed into a synagogue just minutes after some 300 celebrants had left after the hours-long ceremony bringing the Torah scroll to its new home.

The 3-rocket attack punctuated a day in which more than 20 Kassams were fired at the western Negev by the Hamas terrorists who rule the Palestinian Authority government.

The house of prayer was damaged and those who had remained to tidy up after the joyful dancing, left the synagogue in tears, many suffering shock.

Some pointed to the Divine protection that had shielded the hundreds of dancing and singing Jews who had left the building just moments before. “If people had not gone home,” said Moti Shitrit,” many would have been killed. G-d rescued us.” Mr. Shitrit was one of those who had stayed to clean up.