Chief Rabbi's Response:

Israeli society was shocked at the brutality that the weekend of May 5th brought upon the nation. In various cities around the country five different individuals were murdered in cold blood. For such a small nation, this news brought chills to everyone; young and old, rich and poor, religious and secular.

Every loss of life is tragic, however, the one story that seemed most difficult to understand was the murder of an innocent man, a husband and father.

In the late hours of Friday night, Gadi Vichman was trying to get his 2 year old daughter to sleep but was being irritated by the noise from youths outside. The police had been summoned and they supposedly drove by the area and didn’t see anything. The youths, however, continued to make a disturbance.

As a result of the noise from the teenagers at around midnight Gadi and his wife were unable to get their daughter to sleep. Gadi decided to go outside to talk to the youths himself and to see if he could get them to quiet down or leave the area. His wife called the police again while Gadi went to talk to the youths.

As Gadi approached the youths one of the youths came toward him and stabbed him in the upper torso area. The youths fled and Gadi was left lying on the ground. By the time the police arrived and medics were able to try to help him, it was too late. Gadi was pronounced dead minutes after being stabbed.

This sad and tragic story is a result of out of control youths that valued their right to “have fun” without consideration for anyone else around them.

What is the cause of such brutality?

Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar attributes this brutal act, along with the other four murders over the weekend, to a lack of a moral foundation. He is quoted as saying, “A person who is allowed (to do) anything doesn’t respect boundaries.”

Chief Rabbi Amar explains that a lack of education about right and wrong together with a disregard for Jewish tradition and the Torah are leaving Israeli youth without a leg to stand on as he continued to state that “Things that were condemned by every other generation, considered abhorrent by the Torah, have become legitimate.”

The chief Rabbi brings up a very important point. We cannot expect the next generation to be given every freedom, devoid of a moral base, and then somehow to act right. God’s Word must be taught to the young (and to the mature).

The Bible is God’s Holy Word to mankind and must be respected and adhered to. Those who try to ignore it or fight against it will, in the end, only find themselves fighting with God Himself.

*Some information including quotes from Chief Rabbi Amar are taken from ynet news