This past Friday night, I went to pray at the ‘Ohel Yitchak’ Synagogue, in Sderot.

A kassam rocket struck a direct hit on Ohel Yitchak exactly one month ago on May 17th. The attack – one of hundreds – coming from Gaza, hit the synagogue at 11:30 p.m., only half an hour after over 300 people, who were celebrating the joyous ceremony of bringing in a new Torah scroll into the synagogue’s ark, had left the premises. Only the sponsoring family and some close friends were still at the synagogue at the time of the attack.

I had arrived five minutes after the attack on the synagogue.

The scene was from a war zone: total chaos – elderly men and woman, young parents, children and babies, all with eyes filled with terror. There were screaming and crying women and children and some people had fainted and were lying on the ground.

Three years in combat service and I had never experienced such horror. A rocket had landed in the heart of a quiet suburban neighborhood – inside a house of worship.

This article appeared at on June 20th, 2007.