The head of the yeshiva, Rabbi Yaakov Shapira was the first to speak:
“We are all in need of mercy, the entire country,” Shapira cried.
“Pray for all of us and give good counsel to the families, to the anguished friends.”
Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar was weeping as well. “We have paid with our best boys, who were sitting by their talmuds … torah was their entire world, they are the roses that have been picked … and God will have mercy on us for their merit.
Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski also addressed the crowd:
“Lord, nations have invaded your land, desecrated your holy hall, eight of our sweet loved ones, may God avenge their blood, who only yesterday were living amongst us, are no longer with us. Their lives were severed by lowly murderers … but the murderer did not wish to target them alone, but rather each and every one of us, each and every resident of the holy city of Jerusalem.
For many years our enemies have been trying to ruin our lives, to harm us as much as they can. Jerusalem has paid heavily in blood, and the long long list was joined last night by our eight sons.”
These are the names of the sacred martyrs of Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav, who were brutally murdered while learning Torah, they are:
- Yohai Livshitz, 18, and Neria Cohen, 15 from Jerusalem
Yonatan Yitzhak Eldar, 16, from Shilo
Yonadav Haim Hirschfeld, 19, from Kohav Hashahar
Segev Peniel Avihail, 15, from Neve Daniel
Avraham David Moses, 16, from Efrat
Ro’i Roth, 18, from Elkana
Maharta Taruno, 26, from Ashdod
May Hashem comfort their bereaved families among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, amen.
Seven of the wounded students are still in hospital, three in serious condition.
May Hashem grant them a speedy recovery, amen.