"The biggest revenge on the goyim is for them to see how much God loves the people of Israel," Rabbi Ovadia Yosef said Thursday at a mass memorial service held for the eight victims of last week's terror attack at the Mercaz Harav rabbinical seminary in Jerusalem.
"The (victims') souls will (go to heaven) and send the messiah to the nation of Israel," the Shas spiritual leader said.
Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger said during the ceremony that "we hear calls that are not in line with the way we were brought up. Underground organizations of any kind are unwarranted, according neither to the Halacha nor to any other worldview. The call should be aimed at the government and the prime minister, to do everything so that the killers and their friends are brought to justice, literally."
Memorial service (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
The head of the Mercaz Harav yeshiva, Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, said "the people demand more faith and Torah…We must all strive to establish more and more places of Torah to lift the souls of the saints.
"The blood of our brothers is crying out at us from the earth," he said in a trembling voice. "The yeshiva, with God's help, will recuperate and become stronger."
Speaking to the victim's relatives, Rabbi Shapira said "only you, the students and the families, can bestow upon us the power of faith and the acceptance of one's punishment."
Another leading rabbi at the Mercaz Harav seminary, Yerachmiel Weiss, said that "our hearts refuse to come to terms (with the loss), the pain only deepens. All we can do is manage the pain."