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Aug 19, 2003 | 21st of Av, 5763 | כ״א באב תשס״ג
Aug 19, 2003 – Shmuel Taubenfeld, three months of New Square, New York and his mother Goldie 43, were two of 23 persons murdered by a suicide bomber on a No. 2 Egged bus in the capital’s Shmuel Hanavi neighborhood.
The attack took place at about 9 p.m. as the bus was making its way from the Western Wall to several religious neighborhoods. The Hamas suicide bomber apparently disguised as a religious Jew, boarded the bus and detonated his bomb shortly afterwards. Seven of those killed were children and over 130 people were wounded.
Shmuel Taubenfeld had come to Israel with his mother, father and 16-year-old sister, Batsheva to participate in a family wedding. On his way back from a visit to the Western Wall with his mother and sister, Shmuel and Goldie were murdered by the suicide bomber and Batsheva was wounded.
As Shmuel was laid to rest, the officiating rabbi said: “You will now be an angel who will protect us and strengthen us.”
Shmuel Taubenfeld was buried alongside his mother, Goldie in Jerusalem. He is survived by his father and 12 siblings.
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