The Israel Museum has reconstructed part of the inside of the ancient Susiya (Susya) synagogue. You can see what a magnificent building it must have been.
The excavated Jewish synagogue in Susiya dates from the 4th to the 7th century CE and was in continuous use until the 9th century CE.
(The Israel Museum) The magnificent synagogue of Susiya in the southern Hebron hills stood for hundreds of years and underwent many renovations. Its bema (podium) was built next to the long northern wall, which featured three arched niches. The central one likely held the Torah Ark, and the two others each held a menorah. The bema’s carved and incised motifs included menorahs, animals, and plants. Numerous donor inscriptions on the walls and floor attest to the community’s active participation in the building’s construction.
Terror victim Chavi Mark is recuperating after having undergone complex brain surgery Monday, the latest in a series of medical procedures needed to keep her alive.
She is listed in good condition at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem, where she is reported by Neurosurgery Department chairman Professor Yigal Shushan to be “completely conscious, alert and communicating with everyone.”
The Otniel resident was ambushed by a Hamas cell with her husband, Rabbi Michael Mark and their two teen children last month while driving along Route 60 in the Hebron Hills a few hours before the Sabbath.
“The Mark family wants to thank the public for the support shown to them and Chavi, and the prayers for her health,” the doctor said. But the family has also asked well-wishers to refrain from visiting for the time being, until Mrs. Mark grows stronger.
Israeli security personnel, IDF soldiers, Israeli Border Guard officers and Israel Police have been involved in extensive operations to track down and arrest the terrorists involved in the attack.
Seeing the overturned car, they immediately stopped and managed to get a door open and pull the trapped and wounded children out of the car.
The couple got the wounded children into their car, tried to calm them down (in perfect Hebrew) and called for a Red Crescent ambulance.
Albid told Israel TV that he did it “for humanistic reasons and of course for Allah.”
A few minutes after that, an Arab doctor, Dr. Ali Abu Shruch, a kidney surgeon from the village of Dahariya in the southern Hebron Hills, drove by with his brother and his brother’s wife. They were on their way to pray in Jerusalem.
In an interview on Israeli TV (see video below), the doctor described how he assessed the situation, and freed the mother, Chava Marks, who was being suffocated by the seat belt.
At that point a Red Crescent ambulance and an IDF army jeep arrived. A MDA ambulance arrived a few minutes after that.
It was then, when the doctor checked the father, Miki Mark, that he realized this wasn’t an accident, but a terror attack and they had been shot, and Miki was dead.
During the interview, Dr. Abu Shruch emphasized that he wasn’t a hero. He has an obligation to treat everyone and as a doctor he doesn’t get involved in politics, he was doing his job.
He said his friends have all blessed him for his honorable actions.
The doctor passed a message along to the family saying, “I know the damage to the family is hard, but I want them to know I did all that I could to help them.”
After the funeral, members of the Mark family pointed out that the first people on the scene trying to help save them were Arabs, and one must not think all Arabs are terrorists.
At 2:53 PM, an emergency call came in of a shooting attack on Road 60, near the Adorayim junction, close to Otniel, which is around 15 kilometers south of Hebron.
Terrorists in a car shot at two Israeli vehicle as they drove past, causing one of the Israeli cars to flip over.
There are bullet holes in the car, and some 20 bullet shells were found on the road.
Hatzolah of Judea and Samaria has announced that the man (40) in the car died. His wife, in her 30s, is seriously wounded with gunshot wounds to the chest, one of their girls (13) was moderately wounded and the boy (15) was lightly wounded.
All the wounded were transported to Hadassah hospital.
The family had been driving south from Otniel. The husband has been identified as Rabbi Miki Mark from Otniel.
Prayers can be said for:
Chava Rachel bat Ayelet Hashachar
Tehilla bat Chava Rachel
Pedaya Menachem ben Chava Rachel
Security forces are on high alert for this last week of Ramadan, when historically the Islamists are at their most violent.
Silent protests against Palestinian Authority terror will be held throughout Judea and Samaria during the funeral of terror shooting victims of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin Friday morning. Morning prayers also were held on highways.
The procession will begin at 11 a.m., and the burials will be In Jerusalem.
The Women in Green organization has asked those who will not be at the funerals to stand at various intersections and hold Israeli flags.
The silent protests will be along Highway 60, which runs from northern Samaria through Gush Etzion, Kiryat Arba-Hebron and the southern Hebron Hills.
Those who cannot reach highway 60 are asked to stand in unison near their communities.
Approximately 20,000 Israelis from all over the country visited Gush Etzion on the first day of Chol HaMoed Tuesday, numbers that regional council chairman Davidi Pearl said prove the strong connection between the area and all of Israel.
He added that the throng of visitors shows that terror cannot intimidate people.
Minister Ze’ev Elkin and Uri Ariel visited the Givat Oz V’Gaon park adjacent to the Gush Etzion junction. The area was dedicated to the memories of the three yeshiva youth were murdered by Hamas terrorists last year.
Thousands of tourists also traveled through Gush Etzion to visit the Patriarchs’ Cave (Maharat HaMachpela) in Hebron and the southern Hebron Hills.
Travelers reported a heavy presence of IDF patrols on Highway 60 to deter Arabs from trying to murder Jews with rocks and firebombs.