Yeshiva World News writes…
Many are questioning why there is a disproportionate number of frum (religiously observant) Jews wounded and killed in the ongoing wave of Islamic terror that has been striking out in major cities in Israel as well as throughout Yehuda and Shomron (aka West Bank).
(Reb Akiva adds… This is extremely unusual. Historically past waves of terror attacks, suicide bombings and so forth, generally targeted Israeli buses or restaurants. Perhaps starting with the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva attacks / mass murder, a distinct trend of targeting religious Jews, yeshivas, and synagogues seems to have started.)
The experts believe the reason is simple. It is explained the terrorists want to be certain that they murder Jews, and what better way to identify a Jew than by his kippa or chareidi garb.
In the two attacks on Thursday, 7 Kislev, in southern Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion Junction, many if not most of the victims were davening mincha. It is added this is the reason soldiers are also targeted in larger numbers even though they are often armed. The terrorists are aware the overwhelming number of soldiers are Jewish and they feel even more compelled to attack members of the “occupational security forces”.
This is a very strange response from Yeshiva World – an orthodox Jewish (virtual) publication. Yaak, assumabley of Yeranen Yaakov, added this excellent comment to their article…
It is because the greatest weapon Yishmael has is their Tefilla. After all, they do it 5 times a day. And the greatest weapon AGAINST Yishmael is OUR power of Tefilla. As Pirkei deRibbi Eliezer says (chapter 32), he is called Yishmael since HKB”H will hear our cries out to Him in the End of Days.
Who are the ones praying to HKB”H? The frum Jews – and the Arabs know this. They know that their demise is our power of prayer. They therefore target frum Jews.
And where? Anywhere they find us, but especially if we are praying. (Reb Akiva adds… HaKol Kol Yaakov, the power of Yaakov is in his voice – prayers.) They attack shuls and office Minha rooms (afternoon prayer rooms for orthodox Jews at work – often just a conference room appropriated for 30 minutes). Did you ever wonder why they go crazy if Jews pray on Har Habayit?
May our power of Tefilla intensify and vastly outweigh their power of Tefilla to bring about their demise and the coming of Mashiah Tzidkeinu speedily and with mercy, Amen.