Chaya Zissel Braun killed in Jerusalem attack

Chaya Zissel Braun killed in Jerusalem attack

10/22/2014

    Chaya Zissel Braun                           

Oct 22, 2014 - Chaya Zissel Braun, aged three months, of Jerusalem, was killed when a Palestinian deliberately rammed his car into a crowd of Israelis near a light-rail train station in Jerusalem.

Chaya Zissel had just returned with her parents from her first visit to the Western Wall. On embarking from the light rail at the Ammunition Hill station, a Palestinian deliberately rammed his car into the pedestrians at the station. The baby flew at least ten meters from her stroller after being struck by the car. Medics were able to resuscitate her at the scene, but she died two hours later at the Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital.

Chaya had been born after her parents had tried for years to have a baby to no avail, related said Shimshon Halperin, her grandfather. "Her parents waited for a child for many years during which they did not merit to have children. Today they were coming back from praying at the Kotel (Western Wall) and a terrorist came and ran over their baby," he said. He told of her parents' joy after she was born, and described how he enjoyed playing with his granddaughter during her tragically short life. He and his wife had just arrived in Israel from the US to meet their grandchild, but only had a few short hours with her. They killed "a pure girl with a holy soul, who never did anything bad to anyone in her life and was murdered for no reason."

Chaya's parents had immigrated to Israel from New York. Her father Shmuel eulogized his dauther: "Zissila, you were pure," the young father said in a tear-choked voice. In the last hour, you were by the Kotel. You woke up. We schmoozed with each other. You looked at me and smiled. I told you, this is the Kotel, this is Har Habayit [Temple Mount].

Braun spoke with his infant daughter about the cherubs that had been on the Ark of the Covenant when the Temple existed thousands of years ago. He described how the angels’ faces were like that of a pure child. "They were like you," he told his daughter. "You looked at me, with a twinkle in your eye, like you knew, like you understood me."

Chaya Zissel Braun was buried in Jerusalem at midnight on Wednesday. Hundreds of people attended the funeral, including President Reuven Rivlin and Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat. She is survived by her parents, Shmuel Elimelech and Channy, and grandparents - Shimshon and Sara Halperin, and Moshe and Esther Braun.
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