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Published on: November 15, 2012 02:28 PM
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Jerusalem - Details are beginning to emerge about the three victims who died in this morning’s rocket attack in the southern Israeli municipality of Kiryat Malachi.

The three, 25 year old Mina Scharf, 49 year old Aharon Smadja and 27 year old Itzik Amsalem lost their lives when a rocket fired from Gaza destroyed apartments on the top two floors of the building where all three victims lived, as previously reported on VIN News.

While some building residents went into the building’s bomb shelter when alarms went off at 8:00 AM this morning, one resident said that the shelters were not adequately prepared for any kind of attack, according to reports  on Israeli news source Ynet.

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“There were heavy items in the shelter and it wasn’t in any condition for so many people.  Some tenants preferred to ride out the attacks in interior rooms of their apartments while others gathered in the stairwells and that is how this terrible catastrophe happened.”

27 year old Itzik Amsalem Photo: Chabad.info27 year old Itzik Amsalem Photo: Chabad.info

Smadja, who lived on the third floor of the building, went up to the fourth floor in order to help the Amsalem family during the rocket attacks.

Smadja was a well known fixture in Kiryat Malachi and neighbors recalled that he and his wife Fanny longed to have children, but it was fourteen years before their prayers were finally answered with the birth of twins, ten years ago.

“There was incredible simcha in the neighborhood,” said Mendel Chalili whose mother lives near the Smadjas.  “Just ten months ago they were blessed with another daughter, and now all three children are orphaned. It hurts the heart.”

Neighbors remember Smadja as a big baal chesed who made sure to send food for poor people before every holiday.  After suffering a heart attack in the past, Smadja closed his neighborhood felafel stand and spent his days learning Torah.

“Everyone loved him,” declared Chalili.  “He had a true, good heart.”

49 year old Aharon Smadja. Photo: Chabad.info49 year old Aharon Smadja. Photo: Chabad.info

Mira Scharf, a mother of three who ran the Chabad house in New Delhi, India, had been married to her husband Shmulik for five years.  The Scharfs came to spend some time in Israel and were planning on taking part in a commemorative service in memory of the Mumbai massacre which took place almost four years ago.

“She was a tremendous person who lived her life modestly so that people in India could taste even the smallest drop of Yiddishkeit,” said Rebbetzin Chaya Scharf, the victim’s mother in law.  “They built a mikvah in Delhi despite financial hardships and as a grandmother, I can only hope that I can measure up to her legacy.”

Shmulik Scharf had originally planned on going to the Kinus Hashluchim in New York this past week with a stop on the way home to raise funds in Panama, but those plans were derailed when a snowstorm hit Panama.

“If he had been gone, Mira would have certainly gone to her parents in Jerusalem and not stayed home alone in Kiryat Malachi,” said relative Shimshon Goldstein. “Maybe her life would have been saved.”

Photos of the funeral of Mira Scharf below:

Ultra Orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Mira Ashraf, aged 25, one of the three Israeli victims who were killed earlier on 15 November in a residential building in the city of Kiryat Malachi by a rocket allegedly fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip, in Jerusalem, Israel, 15 November 2012.  Reports state that world leaders expressed concern at the escalation, with UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon in a telephone conversation with Iraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging a 'measured' response to the recurring Palestinian rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza, 'so as not to provoke a new cycle of bloodshed that could have, dangerous spillover effects in the region.' (Credit: EPA)Ultra Orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Mira Ashraf, aged 25, one of the three Israeli victims who were killed earlier on 15 November in a residential building in the city of Kiryat Malachi by a rocket allegedly fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip, in Jerusalem, Israel, 15 November 2012.  Reports state that world leaders expressed concern at the escalation, with UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon in a telephone conversation with Iraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging a ‘measured’ response to the recurring Palestinian rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza, ‘so as not to provoke a new cycle of bloodshed that could have, dangerous spillover effects in the region.’ (Credit: EPA)
Ultra Orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Mira Ashraf, aged 25, one of the three Israeli victims who were killed earlier on 15 November in a residential building in the city of Kiryat Malachi by a rocket allegedly fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip, in Jerusalem, Israel, 15 November 2012. Reports state that world leaders expressed concern at the escalation, with UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon in a telephone conversation with Iraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging a 'measured' response to the recurring Palestinian rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza, 'so as not to provoke a new cycle of bloodshed that could have, dangerous spillover effects in the region.' (Credit: EPA)Ultra Orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Mira Ashraf, aged 25, one of the three Israeli victims who were killed earlier on 15 November in a residential building in the city of Kiryat Malachi by a rocket allegedly fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip, in Jerusalem, Israel, 15 November 2012. Reports state that world leaders expressed concern at the escalation, with UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon in a telephone conversation with Iraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging a ‘measured’ response to the recurring Palestinian rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza, ‘so as not to provoke a new cycle of bloodshed that could have, dangerous spillover effects in the region.’ (Credit: EPA)
Ultra Orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Mira Ashraf, aged 25, one of the three Israeli victims who were killed earlier on 15 November in a residential building in the city of Kiryat Malachi by a rocket allegedly fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip, in Jerusalem, Israel, 15 November 2012. Reports state that world leaders expressed concern at the escalation, with UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon in a telephone conversation with Iraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging a 'measured' response to the recurring Palestinian rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza, 'so as not to provoke a new cycle of bloodshed that could have, dangerous spillover effects in the region.' (Credit: EPA)Ultra Orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Mira Ashraf, aged 25, one of the three Israeli victims who were killed earlier on 15 November in a residential building in the city of Kiryat Malachi by a rocket allegedly fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip, in Jerusalem, Israel, 15 November 2012. Reports state that world leaders expressed concern at the escalation, with UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon in a telephone conversation with Iraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging a ‘measured’ response to the recurring Palestinian rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza, ‘so as not to provoke a new cycle of bloodshed that could have, dangerous spillover effects in the region.’ (Credit: EPA)
Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)
Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)
Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)
Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)
Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)
Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)
Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)
Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)
Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)
Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)Hundreds attend the funeral of 27-year-old Mira Scharf who was killed when a grad rocket shot from Gaza hit an apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. November 15, 2012. (Credit: Flash90)

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 02:46 PM Anonymous Says:

There is nothing to say.....Please let's not start making all kinds of comments here. The bottom line is we NEED Moshiach so badly!!
Mir vaysin garnisht except that Hashem Hu Ha-E-Loykim!!!!
We can only do chesed for one another - daven and learn Torah.. The bottom line: Torah, Avodah and Gemilas Chassadim!!!

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 03:17 PM kanig Says:

ה' ינקם דמם

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 03:29 PM Anonymous Says:

This is so sad but there are some discrepancies in this post. Is her name Mira or Mina? And the story of the couple who waited 14 yrs to have a baby and had twins ten years ago does not fit with the name beside a man who is 27.

In their respect they deserve to have the appropriate details applied to the appropriate person.

BD"E

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 03:38 PM Anonymous Says:

An eye for an eye! We all stand behind Israel. May Hashem grant them safety and victory.

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 03:55 PM Moshiach now Says:

The kedosha Mira Scharf was 7 months pregnant.

Ein milim

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 03:56 PM Tehillim needed Now Says:

Mira Scharf's husband and 3 children are in critical condition.
please say tehillim now:
Shmuel ben Chaya Sarah Yehudis
Yosef Yitzchak ben Mira Rut
Chana bas Mira Rut
Geulah bas Mira Rut

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 04:10 PM M1 Says:

Hash-em yimkan dumon ! Nebech nebech -no words - just hope no more Israeli casualties -just plenty of them yishmaelim- shame he didn't die in the midbar-but that's what hash-em wanted -and now he wants our tefilos some times we get the refuya b4 the maccah -maybe hurricane sandy -brought out so much gemilas chesed from us -now that should be a zechus for no more tzar-by no1-ever

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 04:19 PM GEULA Says:

He was 47 years old. Her name is Mira. She was pregnant. This is such a painful tragedy. They were all on their way to evacuate, the amsalem boy that was killed was helping everyone get out. Normally a rocket falls in an area for the first time and then it's a warning. You hear the The alert and the first time your in panic especially in a place so far out as kiryat malachi. Noone thought that a first hit would be a hit. Like if you look at little clips of Tel Avivians finding shelter this evening they were laughing and not used to it. It's a basherte story that hurts real hard.

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 05:16 PM My2Cents_ Says:

Hamokom Yenachem eschem bzoch aveli tzion yerishleim

My heart saddens for these families
____________________________________________________

Not to be political... the ? still is ... was it worth it ? was the grandstanding yesterday worth 1 drop of Jewish blood ..... don't look at the arabs we don't expect better from them ( they are yismuelim ) but we could expect better from so called Jewish leader

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 07:40 PM Kol Hakovod to Netanyahu for Attacking the Arabs Says:

Reply to #9  
My2Cents_ Says:

Hamokom Yenachem eschem bzoch aveli tzion yerishleim

My heart saddens for these families
____________________________________________________

Not to be political... the ? still is ... was it worth it ? was the grandstanding yesterday worth 1 drop of Jewish blood ..... don't look at the arabs we don't expect better from them ( they are yismuelim ) but we could expect better from so called Jewish leader

The reason for these rockets now, is not because Netanyahu attacked the Killers yesterday.

The reason the rockets hit today, is because Netanyahu did NOT attack these Arab Murderers many months and years ago.

Yes, Netanyahu is guilty for these deaths, because of Netanyahu's policy of negotiating with Arabs, evacuating parts of Eretz Yisroel and giving away Eretz Yisroel to the Murderers of Yidden.

Had Netanyahu not negotiated with these Terrorists and had Israel not given the Arabs part of Eretz Yisroel which is now called Gaza, these deaths would not have happened.

Yes, Gaza is part of Eretz Yisroel! And yes, the Israeli government willingly and foolishly handed it over under the control of those who try kill yidden every single day, non-stop (only daily open miracles prevent most of their attempts).

And Yes Netanyahu knew about all these rockets in Gaza which were destined to hit Yidden, and yet Netnayahu did nothing about it until yesterday. Had Netanyahu liquidated the murderer’s years ago, this would not be happening now.

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 08:00 PM rivin Says:

Please take your time and read the following.
its no point saying that this conflict was nad needed1 sure it was needed. yes my heart goes out for the familys who lost loved ones, my tears are still runing down my face! what I do think is that israel must be more harsh, May hashem be there right hand! אם ה' לא ישמר עיר שוא שקד שמר may I finish off to my dear brothers and sisters המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבילי ציון וירושלים

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 08:00 PM It's wake up call to Shluchim to Fight for Shelimus Haaretz to prevent Terror Says:

Reply to #9  
My2Cents_ Says:

Hamokom Yenachem eschem bzoch aveli tzion yerishleim

My heart saddens for these families
____________________________________________________

Not to be political... the ? still is ... was it worth it ? was the grandstanding yesterday worth 1 drop of Jewish blood ..... don't look at the arabs we don't expect better from them ( they are yismuelim ) but we could expect better from so called Jewish leader

The Killing of the Shliach in India was exactly in this same week, right after the Kinus Hashluchim.

The Mrs. Sharf who was killed was a Shlucha in India and killed the same anniversary of the same week immediately after the Kinus Hashluchim too, once again !

The Kinus Hashluchim #1, which was in 770, this past Motzoey Shabbos, devoted considerable part of the Kinus to encourage all shluchim to devote part of their resources to the Call of the Lubavitcher Rebbe that Israel should not negotiate with the Arabs about giving away any part of Israel, because doing so would result in what happened today.

The Other Kinus Hashluchim, #2, in the Hotel, which took place Sunday night, failed to encourage the shluchim to fight for Shleimus Haaretz to prevent such terror activities which struck shluchim of India now, for the 2nd time in the same week.

Many Chabad Rabbonim in Israel are silent on Shelimus Haaretz issues, to this day. Perhaps now, that a Chabad area, was hit, perhaps Lubavitcher Rabbonim in Israel, will at least, now, begin to follow the directives of their Rebbe, to be vocal on Shelimus Haaretz issues, which the Lubavitcher Rebbe says will prevent such attacks.

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 08:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

There is nothing to say.....Please let's not start making all kinds of comments here. The bottom line is we NEED Moshiach so badly!!
Mir vaysin garnisht except that Hashem Hu Ha-E-Loykim!!!!
We can only do chesed for one another - daven and learn Torah.. The bottom line: Torah, Avodah and Gemilas Chassadim!!!

There is somthing to say.....a tragedy like this only reinforces the need for ALL residents of EY, both frum and frei, to share in the burdens of self-defense. In the coming days, there will be need for more soldiers to take the fight into Gaza to root out the terrorists. Instead of urging their bochurim to run to the nearest IDF office to enlist, the leadership of the Chareidi community tells all the kollel yungerleit in the South to and hide in shelters. This will not save a life. It will only increase the risk for everyone.

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 09:14 PM Clarifications to #3 Says:

Aaron Smadja, hashem yikom domo, was the one who waited 14 years for children and leaves behind his wife, twins and baby. Mrs. Mira Scharf, hashem yikom doma, was the mother of 3 who was killed (living in India, visiting Israel). Her husband and kids need tehillim.

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 11:35 PM TheRealJoe123 Says:

Reply to #10  
Kol Hakovod to Netanyahu for Attacking the Arabs Says:

The reason for these rockets now, is not because Netanyahu attacked the Killers yesterday.

The reason the rockets hit today, is because Netanyahu did NOT attack these Arab Murderers many months and years ago.

Yes, Netanyahu is guilty for these deaths, because of Netanyahu's policy of negotiating with Arabs, evacuating parts of Eretz Yisroel and giving away Eretz Yisroel to the Murderers of Yidden.

Had Netanyahu not negotiated with these Terrorists and had Israel not given the Arabs part of Eretz Yisroel which is now called Gaza, these deaths would not have happened.

Yes, Gaza is part of Eretz Yisroel! And yes, the Israeli government willingly and foolishly handed it over under the control of those who try kill yidden every single day, non-stop (only daily open miracles prevent most of their attempts).

And Yes Netanyahu knew about all these rockets in Gaza which were destined to hit Yidden, and yet Netnayahu did nothing about it until yesterday. Had Netanyahu liquidated the murderer’s years ago, this would not be happening now.

You said it perfectly. 100% on the mark.

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 Nov 16, 2012 at 02:32 AM Greener Says:

Reply to #8  
GEULA Says:

He was 47 years old. Her name is Mira. She was pregnant. This is such a painful tragedy. They were all on their way to evacuate, the amsalem boy that was killed was helping everyone get out. Normally a rocket falls in an area for the first time and then it's a warning. You hear the The alert and the first time your in panic especially in a place so far out as kiryat malachi. Noone thought that a first hit would be a hit. Like if you look at little clips of Tel Avivians finding shelter this evening they were laughing and not used to it. It's a basherte story that hurts real hard.

Sorry, GEULA, but the simple truth is that Amsalem and Smadja went out onto the balcony to take pictures, and the Sharfs were in the living room facing the exterior wall. In Kiryat Malachi you have very nearly a whole minute's warning. It takes a few seconds to get to the stairwell. I live in southern EY and have headed for shelter many times in the last two days. Does that mean that my "bitachon b'haShem" is faulty?

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 Nov 16, 2012 at 03:13 PM clear-thinker Says:

Reply to #9  
My2Cents_ Says:

Hamokom Yenachem eschem bzoch aveli tzion yerishleim

My heart saddens for these families
____________________________________________________

Not to be political... the ? still is ... was it worth it ? was the grandstanding yesterday worth 1 drop of Jewish blood ..... don't look at the arabs we don't expect better from them ( they are yismuelim ) but we could expect better from so called Jewish leader

Not to be political? Oh, but you are. Jews have been under attack in the South for years. There have been injuries and a number of deaths. One can only pray that Israel's actions will save more lives than it costs. What would you want a Jewish leader to do? What better do you expect of a Jewish leader? To continue to have his population attacked without responding? We both know that is not an answer.

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