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Hamas Cell Arrested for Murders of Henkin Couple

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Security forces have arrested a five-member Hamas cell from the Shechem area for the cold-blooded drive-by murders of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin last Thursday night in front of their four children.

The cell confessed to the terrorist attacks and told investigators that they also were behind two other recent shooting attacks, which miraculously failed to wound anyone but struck one vehicle.

Police and the IDF arrested other suspected terrorists who were involved in the attack. A gag order was lifted Monday by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), which along with the IDF and police arrested the cell Friday night.

The terrorists were identified as:

Ahmed Aliwi, 37, the ringleader and who recruited the terrorists for the cell and provided them with weapons;

Yahya Mohammed Hamad, 24, who shot and killed the Henkins;

Samir Ibrahim Kusa, 33, who was the driver in all three attacks;

Karam Fathi Razek, 23, who also fired at the Henkins; and

Ziad Ziad Jamil Amer, 31, who helped carry out the well-coordinated attack, with two terrorists in the attack vehicle and another member of cell driving a second vehicle to make sure the IDF was not patrolling at the time.

After the killers stopped the Henkins’ car with gunfire, they left their vehicle and fired at the Henkin family at almost point-black range. The young children, the youngest a baby,were sitting in the back seat and were not wounded while watching their parents shot to death.

A mishap in the terrorist operation may have helped the Shin Bet to trace the gang. Razak was accidentally shot by one of the members of his cell and dropped his pistol, which was found by security forces.

Killers of the Henkin couple.

Killers of the Henkin couple.

The Henkin z”l Children Tzedaka Fund

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

OneFamily has set up a fund to help the Henkin family orphans. The One Israel Fund is a recognized charity with a long record of helping terror victims.

Eitam and Na’ama Henkin of Neria, were murdered in a drive-by shooting attack on the road between Itamar and Elon Moreh on October 1st 2015.

Their four children were in the car during the attack:

Matan Hillel 9,
Nitzan Yitzchak 7,
Neta Eliezer 4 and
Itamar, a nursing child only 4 months old.

They have a lifetime ahead of them without parents to care for them.


To make a donation go to: https://secure.onefamilyfund.org/henkinchildrenfund

Heartache and Questions Follow Israeli Parents’ Horrifying Murder by Palestinian Gunmen

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

JERUSALEM (Tazpit) – Following the horrifying terror attack that took the lives of two parents from the Neria community on Thursday night, thousands of people came to pay their respects to the murdered couple, Naama, 30, and Eitam Henkin, 31, who were buried on Friday morning, October 2 in Jerusalem. Their nine-year-old son, Matan, in between tears, struggled to recite the mourner’s Kaddish prayer for his parents.

Matan and his siblings, Nitzan, age 7, Netta, age 4, and four-month-old baby Itamar , witnessed the gunning down of their parents as they were driving near the Palestinian village of Beit Furik last night near the Itamar and Elon Moreh communities in Samaria. The gunshots were fired from a moving Palestinian vehicle, and the terrorists still remain at large as of Friday.

“You should be eulogizing me and not the opposite, mother to her son,” said Rabbanit Chana Henkin who made aliyah with her husband Rabbi Yehuda Henkin from the United States during the 1970s.

The grieving mother spoke of the appreciation she had of her son’s character and accomplishments in the world of Torah study and values. Her son, who was a rabbi, had recently completed his second book on Jewish law related to the Sabbath and was a prolific writer of Jewish history and Jewish law.

“You never complained about anything,” said Rabbanit Henkin, who herself is the founder and dean of the Nishmat Institute in Jerusalem for women, where her son also taught. “Both you and Naama shared a great love between you.”

“The children were saved by a miracle,” continued Rabbanit Henkin. “The 4-month-old baby will not remember his mother’s love, but I hope the rest of her children do. She was a very special and fragile woman; a wonderful mother.”

“I don’t understand G-d’s deliberations,” said the father, Rabbi Yehuda Henkin in his eulogy.

Thousands of people came to the couple’s funeral including Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau, Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef and fellow residents from the Neriya community in the Binyamin region where the Heinkin family lived. President Rivlin recounted how Naama, who owned a successful graphic design business, had recently written him a letter following the murder of Danny Gonen who was killed in a Palestinian terror attack in the Binyamin region earlier in June.

“She signed the letter ‘from a citizen who cares,’” said President Rivlin. “I wrote Naama back…that we are responsible for our security and for the security of our citizens” said the Israeli president. “I promised that I would continue to hug the victims of terror in homes where the light went out forever. I never imagined that in your home, the light would go out and that I, we, would hug your orphan kids.”

“She was such a talented person and a good friend,” Naama, a resident of Neriya and a friend of the victim, told Tazpit. “We just celebrated her 30th birthday. How can something like this happen?” she asked.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro tweeted on his Twitter account: “We strongly condemn the murders of Eitam & Naama Henkin, z”l, which orphaned their children. Support efforts 2 bring terrorists 2 justice.” The U.S. ambassador also tweeted a message in Hebrew, stating that there were no words that could comfort the orphaned children.

“Will the country continue to be silent after this tragedy? What’s next? There are so many question marks and no answers,” Naama told Tazpit. “We have every right to live here in security – we shouldn’t have to suffer like this.”

President Rivlin Joins Thousands at Funerals of Henkin Couple

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Thousands of Israelis, including President Reuven Rivlin and Chief Rabbi David Lau, joined thousands of mourners at the funeral Friday for Palestinian Authority terror victims Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin.

The family requested that the funeral not be broadcast live.

Cabinet ministers and Knesset Members also were present.

The couple, leaving behind four small children from the ages of 8 months to 9 years, was buried at Har HaMenuchot Cemetery in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Henkin’s parents were born in the United States and made Aliyah to Israel. His father was a learned rabbi and author, and his mother founded the Nishmat Torah studies program for women in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Henkin also was a Torah scholar and served in the IDF Golani Combat Brigade. His wife Naama was a graphic artist and the daughter of an IDF officer who served in the elite commando unit.

Rabbi Lau said before the funeral:

You think about the children, you wonder who will bless them Erev Shabbat.

Who will be with them during the celebration of this holiday?

The pain is immense, but despite this pain, perhaps the People of Israel will decide that we are happy on the holiday.

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel said:

This is a day of celebration of the holiday but also a difficult day for all of the people of Israel. This is a disgrace to the State of Israel. Terror continues in Jerusalem, on the Temple Mount, and throughout the country.

Arab Gunmen Murder Jewish Couple as their Children Watch

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

(JNi.media) According to Israeli security forces, the Arab gunmen approached the car between Itamar and Elon Moreh in Samaria, and shot Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Na’ama (Eitam is a US citizen)—at close range. The description came from the couple’s four children, ages four months to nine years, who were in the back seat. The assumption is that the terrorists did not notice children.

The US State Dept. issued a statement saying “the United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack that took place late Thursday evening in the West Bank. The shooting resulted in the death of an Israeli couple who were driving with their young children. We extend our condolences to the victims’ family. We urge all sides to maintain calm, avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this tragedy, and work together to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

A large demonstration is planned for 11 AM at the Tapuach junction in Judea and Samaria—to coincide with the funeral of the murdered parents in Jerusalem. Through the night there have been clashes between Jews and Arabs in Judea and Samaria, even as security forces were circling local villages, looking for the suspects.

Rabbi Eitam is the son of Chana Henkin, founder of the Nishmat Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies for Women in Jerusalem. Eitam’s father is Rabbi Yehuda Henkin, a posek (scholar of Jewish law) and author of the four volume set of responsa, Bnai Banim. The Henkins are a scion of Rabbi Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin, a prominent Orthodox rabbi in the US in the first half of the 20th century.

“The scene was very hard to watch,” paramedic Boaz Malka told NRG. “We saw a car in the center of the road, with a man in his thirties lying next to it with upper body injuries. In the car, a woman, also in her thirties, also with serious injuries to her upper body. They showed no signs of life, and unfortunately we had to pronounce them dead on the spot.”

The United Nation’s Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) documented fourteen Arab attacks which resulted in injury to Jews between Sept. 15 -28, the most violent week since February. Arabs have been responsible for the deaths of four Israelis in Judea and Samaria this year, according to OCHA.

Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the military wing of Fatah, claimed responsibility for the couple’s murder. A spokesman for Hamas’ military wing in Gaza, welcomed the murder and said it’s a natural reaction against the “Israeli crimes,” adding that this attack is just the beginning.

In a special statement to the media, hours after his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late Thursday night that the attack was “a result of Palestinian incitement that leads to terrorism and murder.” He added that “the killers knew they were murdering a father and a mother, because their children were there. This is a difficult day for Israel. This is an especially brutal murder.”

America’s Forgotten Posek

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

He was the Gadol haDor in the United States prior to Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l. And, unfortunately, his rulings and his seforim have, by and large, been completely forgotten.

Walk into any shul or Seforim store and you will be hard-pressed to find a sefer written by Rav Yoseph Eliyahu Henkin zt”l. Open up a contemporary Halachic work and you will rarely find a ruling quoted in his name.

Rav Henkin studied in Yeshiva Etz Chaim in Slutzk, Russia under Rav Isser Zalman Melter zt”l. He received Smicha from Rav Boruch Ber Leibowitz, the Ridbaz, and the Aruch HaShulchan and served as a Rav in Russia. He arrived in this country in 1923, and eventually founded and headed the organization called Ezras Torah. Rav Henkin issued tens of thousands of rulings and wrote responsa to Rabbonim across America and beyond. He published three Seforim. Yet somehow, Rav Henkin has become “America’s Forgotten Posek.”

How did it happen? How did America’s leading Posek fall into such halachic obscurity?

This author’s theory is that there were three factors. Firstly, Rav Henkin spent most of his time dedicating himself to others, through the vehicle of his remarkable organization Ezras Torah. He did not make photo offset copies of his letters or rulings or write them again for posterity because he gave every spare moment to raising much needed funds for Torah scholars. Secondly, Rav Henkin lived in a time quite different from ours. Then, the Torah scholars were refugees, suffering in misery and distress. They could barely put food on the table. Who thought to put out Seforim? Even those that eventually were issued rarely had the name of the recipient of the letter. Finally, Rav Henkin did not have a Yeshiva or an official Rabbinic Shteller like other great Rabbis and Torah leaders. He was the Gadol HaDor and headed Ezras Torah true, but without a natural constituency demanding the Seforim, it was difficult to bring them to the printing house again. Boruch Hashem, this sad reality will soon be addressed.

With the encouragement of his Rosh Yeshiva, Moreinu HaRav Shmuel Kamenetsky, a Torah scholar with prodigious talents, Rav Daniel Osher Kleineman, has taken upon himself a remarkable project. Reb Daniel has started the painstaking task of reissuing, or rather newly issuing, Rav Henkin’s incisive and groundbreaking rulings that have been almost lost to oblivion.

Reb Daniel has carefully scoured the letters and archives found in the inner recesses of university libraries across the country for Rav Henkin’s letters. He has called nearly one thousand people from Maine to Los Angeles in his search for correspondences.

At times he has struck gold, finding a cache of letters back and forth from descendants of Rabbis who were active in the 20’s. 30’s and 40’s. Most of the time Reb Daniel comes up empty-handed, but he does not give up.

He has done a fantastic job in putting together the extant material. He has organized Rav Henkin’s writings in the order of the Shulchan Aruch, and has gathered all that is available in print. He has gathered material that has not been printed from Rav Henkin’s family and has found over 100 additional letters in his search.

He is now in his last stretch. This project needs our assistance. If anyone out there is a descendant of a Rav who may have corresponded with Rav Henkin zt”l, now is the time to speak up. If anyone has any such letters in their possession, please reach out to Reb Daniel at MachonRavHenkin@gmail.com or by calling him at 732 370-0995.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/interviews-and-profiles/americas-forgotten-posek/2013/03/24/

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