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"Everything collapsed. I shouted out that someone take the children" • Scharf recalls

Exclusive Interview • Shmulik Scharf, who's wife Mira was killed by a missile, and he and his three children were injured, recalls the moments of terror • "I was looking for my wife and I couldn’t find her"
Yaki Adamker, B'Chadrei Charedimד' כסלו תשע"ג 18/11/2012 09:46


"When I realized the missile fell into my home, I decided I would stay alive, and G-d helped me, and now I'm sitting here," Shmulik Scharf, who lost his wife Mira last Thursday when a missile struck their home in Har Chabad in Kiryat Malachi, describes the day after in an exclusive video interview with B'Chadrei Charedim.

We met Scharf at the trauma unit at Tel Hashomer Hospital, a few minutes before Shabbos. He suffered head and limb injuries, and his eldest son, aged 4, Yosef Yitzchak, is hospitalized in another building at the Sheba Medical Center, where his condition is defined as mild to moderate.

"I remember the explosion, a missile fell on us, everything was flying and broken," he recalled the moments of horror. "Screaming and crying and beyond, with my last bit of strength I took the children and put them in the room. While everything fell and collapsed I shouted to the neighbors to come into my home and take the children, I looked for my wife, but I couldn’t find her."

His two daughters, Chana aged two and a half and eight month old Geula, were hospitalized initially at Kaplan Hospital, but were later transferred to Tel Hashomer, to stay with the family. Miraculously, they were slightly injured.

Shmuel came down on his own. "I saw everything, seeing is not like hearing, I remember it all, I saw the miracle in front of my eyes. There is a Hassidic saying, 'think good and it will be good', and thank G-d I thought good - and here I am sitting in front of you and talking, and thank G-d my children are alive. I thank G-d for what we have and I'm happy with what we have."

When his little girls saw him for the first time, they were both a little scared. "My older daughter panicked when she saw me as I am, my eldest son, I have not seen since he got here, but you can say Thank G-d we are after the danger, and now we are recovering."

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