Sunday, January 11, 2009

A 770 Miracle: Rocket Hit Courtyard of Empty Chabad School

A Grad rocket exploded in the courtyard of a Chabad school in Be'er Sheva Sunday morning. "It was a revealed miracle that classes had not been renewed," Chabad principal Simcha Weitzman said.

The long-range missile hit around 7:30 a.m., when dozens of students usually are milling around in the educational facility in the 'Capital of the Negev.' "There usually are boys and girls arriving at school with their parents, or on buses at this hour," she added. "I have no doubt that the merits of the Rebbe protected us," the principal said, referring to the late Chabad-Lubavitch spiritual leader Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

Many schools in Be'er Sheva, particularly those with sheltered areas and whose students are preparing for matriculation exams, re-opened Sunday morning with the permission of the Home Front Command. Many others, including Chabad, remained closed.

By Sunday night, Hamas and allied terrorists had fired 24 rockets at southern Israel in the 16th day of the war. One long-range rocket hit an empty kindergarten in Ashdod, causing damage to the building.

Another school, located in Sderot, nearly sustained a direct hit from a Kassam rocket.

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