This weekend the world experienced two very tragic events:
The first was the multiple earthquakes and tsunami that began on Friday, March 11th, that has devastated Japan. As of today, the BBC reports the death tole currently stands at over 1,500. And the earthquakes have continued through the weekend, making rescue efforts even more difficult and dangerous. Countries around the world are sending support to Japan, including Israel, which sent a search and rescue team this morning. May HaShem comfort all those who mourn, may He guide the efforts of the rescuers, give support and hope to those still trapped, and bring healing to all the victims.
The second tragic event was the brutal murder of a family in Israel late Friday night. A husband, wife, and three children were all viciously murdered (the youngest being only 3 months old!) when a terrorist sneaked into the home. Two children, ages 8 and 2 miraculously survived the attack. The murdered family was discovered by their 12 year old daughter who came home late in the evening. As news of the brutal murders spread throughout Israel, the country stirred in shock, grief, and anger. May HaShem also comfort the remaining children, their friends and family, and the nation as it mourns this family.
Baruch Dayan HaEmet – Blessed are You, the True Judge (the blessing recited upon hearing terrible news)