Israeli professor killed in Virginia Massacre

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vtp.jpgA 75-year-old Holocaust survivor sacrificed his life to save his students in Monday’s shooting at Virginia Tech College that left 32 dead and dozens wounded. According to multiple eyewitness reports, Professor Liviu Librescu, threw himself in front of the shooter, who had attempted to enter his classroom. The Israeli mechanics and engineering lecturer was shot to death, “but all the students lived – because of him,” Virginia Tech student Asael Arad – also an Israeli – told Army Radio. (YW apologizes for last nights incorrect report that there were no Israelis killed. That report was based on a statement released by the Israeli Embassy.)

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  1. By the way malkyt, the media did mention it. I guess you didn’t see it. May HKB”H bring a swift end to this galus. Baruch Dayan Emes.

  2. Thank you for publicizing this Kiddush HASHEM in the midst of a terrible tragedy.
    Although it may not be obvious to us, the Ribono Shel Olam does everything with Din VeCheshbon. Perhaps this tragedy is collective punishment for an overly permissive American society that tolerates all kinds of evil, from violence to erotica. One example is the 40-year tenure of a radio-tv person who entertained the masses with hate-mongering and harrassment of individuals and minority groups, until he was “fired” last week. He will probably be back soon.
    Considering the difficult current situations in Eretz Yisrael and America, all Bnei and Bnos Torah should do a Cheshbon HaNefesh and Daven that the Ribono Shel Olam will accept our Tshuvah.

  3. Avraham –

    I’m glad you have spelled that out for us.

    I try to do Tshuva everyday, but I was unaware that 32 people getting killed was because Don Imus makes hateful and racist comments on TV and radio.

    Thatnks for the update.

  4. avraham’s message was clear as crystal
    it wasn’t imus as a direct cause obviously, of course avroham didnt even imply that.
    what he DID imply was that the moral tone of a society that not only tolerates, but often reveres violence and hate mongering provided a well fertilized bed for horrible tragedies such as this one in a list of far too many.

  5. Chaim Yankel,

    B’kavod gadol, the sarcasm doesn’t do you justice. If you disagree with Avraham, gently show him a clearer path. I think you turned ikar (derech eretz towards a Yid) into tufil (pointing out his mistake).

    For all of you quick to attack a fellow Jew on this site, please don’t turn the editor into a ganenit who has to deal with all of our petty squabbles. Deal with the content (or ignore it).

  6. any yarei shamayim knows that we can’t begin to undeerstand hashem’s ways. We can’t judge anyone, sodon’t say why this happened. We just don’t know.

  7. I agree with Yosi Bishuk and yid613. On each point, you both took the words right out of my mouth. Well, not the exact words, but really the sentiments you portrayed.

  8. Wouldn’t this be the time to thank the Almighty for all what we have that is good. And to express our condolences to Dr Librescu ‘s z”l family. What a shande that we are discussing Imus rather than this mans Kiddush HaShem –

    In regards to nameless statement that Dr. Librescu should have savd himself first: During the Holocaust how many Rabbonim choose to stay with their kehilla rather than run ? Not knowing Dr Librescu’s past I would venture to guess that in the camps someone gave up their life so that he would live, and that persons sacrifice now has caused others to be saved.

  9. ‘During the Holocaust how many Rabbonim chose to stay with their Kehilla?’

    Well I am obviously not going to elaborate on that comparison on a public web site but hameivin yovin,,,,,,,,dont you see a difference?

  10. Avraham Says:
    April 17th, 2007 at 11:28 am

    Thank you for publicizing this Kiddush HASHEM in the midst of a terrible tragedy.
    Although it may not be obvious to us, the Ribono Shel Olam does everything with Din VeCheshbon. Perhaps this tragedy is collective punishment for an overly permissive American society that tolerates all kinds of evil, from violence to erotica.

    Dear YW,
    What does erotica mean?

  11. In my humble view he had the zchus to live the phrase in perkai avos we learned last week.

    הוא היה אומר אם אין אני לי מי לי וכשאני לעצמי מה אני ואם לא עכשיו אימתי

  12. to YW editor you should take out comments of “nameless” who minimizes the heroic efforts of the israeli who was moser nafsho for others it is a bizayon hashem and klal yisroel besides for the fact that he is DEAD wrong. if he wouldnt of did what he did the shooter would have killed him along with the rest of the class

  13. I saw some VA Tech students interviewed on TV tonight (I am in the US for a visit) about this incident. One student, who seemed not to be Jewish said “this man was a hero, he saved our lives”.

    I wonder what we are to learn from this? like the tsunami….

    I know Yidden are to learn from everything….

  14. BARUCH DAYAN EMES WHAT KIDDUSH HASHEM IT IS AMAZING KLAL YISROEL SHOULD NEVER OF SUCH NEWS AGAIN MAY HE BE MALITZ YOSHER FOR KLAL YISROEL AMEN

  15. In this particular case it is not at all clear that the Prof. realized he would lose his life by doing what he did. In fact, he may have been trying to save his own life by barricading the door.

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  16. iameckstein Says:
    Dear YW,
    What does erotica mean?

    I am no Eckstein, nor am I an Einstein, but I think that is when a baseball playa makes an erra, and the ball goes to Antartica….
    My problem is the rest of R’ Avrahams statement, what tv-radio person is he talking about… I mus ta missed something!