Rabbi Shlomo Yizchak Shapira


Sept 23, 2002 - Shlomo Yitzhak Shapira, 48, of Jerusalem was killed and three of his children wounded, one seriously, in a shooting attack near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron during the Sukkot festival.
Shlomo Shapira had come to Hebron with his three sons to celebrate the Sukkot festival and to pray at the Machpela Cave. His wife and daughter decided at the last minute not to accompany them. Gunmen opened fire at the family as they walked down Shuhada Street (King David Street) towards Hebron's Avraham Avinu neighborhood early Monday evening.
The attackers then escaped into the nearby market. This eventually led to the closing of the market, a haven for terrorists.
Shapira, mortally wounded, died shortly after arriving at Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem. The youngest boy, aged 9, Yehoshua (Shuki), was seriously wounded. Pinhas, 12, and Yehuda, 18, were lightly wounded.
The Shapiras, lived in the Ramot neighborhood in Jerusalem. Shlomo studied at the Ponovezh Yeshiva for many years. A few years after he married, he left the yeshiva to work as a computer programmer at the Ministry of Housing. The couple has seven children. Sarah, 20, was to be married in two weeks.
Shlomo Yitzhak Shapira was buried at midnight at Jerusalem's Har Hamenuhot Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Rivka, five sons and two daughters.
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