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Jewish stabbing attack survivor: My tzitzit saved my life

Yair Ben-Ezra recounts morning before stabbing in Ra’anana; attributes wearing new pair of ritual fringes to protecting him from death.

By Ido Ben Porat


Yair Ben-Ezra, who was seriously wounded in a stabbing attack in Ra’anana last month, sent a moving thank you letter to Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, in which he asserted his tzitzit (ritual fringes) had saved his life.

“My name is Yair Ben-Ezra,” he wrote to the president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which has raised thousands of dollarsto help Israeli victims of terror. “On October 13, 2015, I was attacked and stabbed five times all over my body by a terrorist from eastern Jerusalem who came at me while I was waiting at the bus stop.”

Ben-Ezra recounted how on the morning of the attack, he had debated about wearing the new pair of tzitzit he had purchased for his sister’s wedding, to be held the next day.

“The morning of the attack, all of my tzitzit were hanging on the clothesline to dry, and I had only the new pair, folded in the closet, waiting for me. But then my yetzer harah (evil inclination) came and said to me: ‘Nothing will happen – don’t wear them today, save them


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