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Dear fellow book share school, I am very sorry to hear about the death of one of your students, Daniel Harush. I am eighteen and i couldnt imagine losing a class mate to a terrorist act. What is wrong with the world when innocent kids die? Please accept my sympathy Daniel Gorton hi, i am mark. I am a student at cbc high school in st. louis missouri. we have been apart of the booksharing project for the majority of this year. i am writing you to express my deepest sympathy for Daniel Harush. We heard about his death in the bus with great shock and we can only imagine what you are going through at the time of sorrow. I hope that god watches over you all and keeps you safe. Mark I am sorry to hear about the young man that was killed from your school. My prayers and wishes go out to your school and the young man's family. God Bless....... Joe Grant sorry to hear about your lost student, daniel harush, i'm sure he was a fine individual. our prays go out to your class, school and your family. were connected in a book sharing project that we are doing with another school out your way. GOD BLESS Stephen Weis I am a student at CBC high school. I heard about a student that was killed in a bombing because I am a participant in a program that emails students from Isreal. I am very sorry that that had to happen to one of your students. That must have been hard to cope with those feelings of anger and hostility towards the terrorists who commited that horrible crime. thanks for listening Matt Heitman My name is Jeff Endraske. I am a student at CBC high school in St. Louis Missouri and am involved in the book sharing project. I am sorry to hear about the loss of Daniel Harush. I think it is a trajic thing for a life to be taken so young. I will keep Daniel in my mind, as well as all those who are grieving for him. Once again, I'm sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Jeff Endraske I am a student in a book sharing project just like the students are in at your school. I think that it is terrible those kids died. I am sorry for your loss Kevin Sexton I am very sorry about what happened to Daniel Harush. We were told about what happened and we were shocked because he was one of the students that was doing this booksharing project with a school in the United States, and we are also doing that. It was terrible what happened and it should have been avoided. We need peace. Why does all of this have to happen? I am very sorry and his family will be in our prayers. -Harrison Heditsian At my school in St.Louis, we were told about the loss of Daniel Harush. In this e-mail I am attempting to send you my sympathies as best as possible. I am aware that an E-mail is not very personal and that I was not friends with Daniel. However I am still sorry for your loss. Joe Keaveny hello my name is Chris Polanski. I just wanted to write and say that I m sorry about your loss and i hope one day we can all bring an end to violence in the middle East. Oh and by the way I am part of the book sharing project Chris Polanski Hello my name is Devin and I go to C.B.C. high school in saint louis MO. I am sorry for all violence that has been taking place in your country and im sorry that one of your students fell victim to this violence. Hopefully we can come to a peacefull conclusion in all countries and things like this wont happen. Have a good day Devin Enright Hi, I'm Josh Conley, a Junior at CBC Highschool, a highschool in St. Louis. Our class, Holocaust/Genocide, is in the book sharing program. We had heard about the terrorist bombing and the loss of two of children that were in this same project, one being Daniel Harush who was about my age. It was hard to hear about it, and I would like to say how sorry I was to hear that. It is very unfortunate. We will keep you in our prayers Josh Conley Hello, I recently heard about the death of your student. I feel really bad about this and I like to say I'm sorry about your loss. I have heard that Daniel and your class were involved in the Book Sharing Project. My class and I are also involved with this. We are really sorry and wish that you can cope with your loss. Ed McKeever I am sorry to hear about your student's recent death. Daniel Harush is in our thoughts during this tough time for his friends and family. Sincerely, Craig Nicoletti Hello from St. Louis, MO. We heard about the two students that were killed in the bombing. Over here we always hear about things like this on the news, but I honestly never paid much attention to them or really cared a lot. Obviously, after hearing this I realized what was really going on as it more directly impacted myself. It's a terrible loss both to your school community and ours. It's really unbelievable because you don't think something like that could happen to anyone you know but unfortunatly it did. We will be keeping your community, school and Daniel and Kmar's families in our prayers Jim Lesch I'm a student in St.Louis, Missouri and i go to CBC Highschool. We are involved in the book sharing program with the ghetto fighters house. We heard about Daniel in the tragic bus bombing that happened a week ago. We are all sorry that it happened and we will keep you in our prayers. Joe Monteleone Hi. My name is Mike Williams and I'm from St. Louis, Missouri. I heard about the two students who where killed in the bus bombing this last week. I"m also part of the book sharing project, this is how I heard about the killings. I'm very sorry to hear this. I think that its horrible that innocent lives are taken from people everyday. I especially hate to hear that they were people of my own age. This is a terrible loss and I just wanted to say I am sorry to hear it Mike Williams Hello. I am with the book sharing project in St. Louis. I recently heard about the trageic event that had occured and how that one of your students was killed in the bus bombing. I want to express my deepest sorrow to you in your loss of a student and of, what I am sure, a dear friend. I hope thatyou do not have to deal with such a loss again Chris Hellmann I have recently heard about your student, Daniel Harush in the bus bombing. I am very sorry to hear about this and I wish I could do something. I attend a school in St. Louis that is involved in the book sharing program with a school in Israel. I hope things get better for your students and the enviroment. Stephen Davis I am very sorry about your student Daniel Harvsh. This is a tragedy that people lose their lives for no reason. We are apart of a booksharing project at ghetto fighters with other Israeli schools. I am from St. Louis Missouri. I am very sorry, and you are all in our prays. Joe Cusumano
in the name of my classmates and school, i want to epress our sorrow about the massacre that happened at march 5th. when it happened, the 11th clsses were in a year trip, it was hard to understand what happened there, because the lack of media. it was a strange feeling, a mixture between happiness and sarrow , for me, the happiness was stronger, and the sarrow came when we returned home. looking backwards it's very frightening to see that "we" the "people of israel" becoming less sensitive to things, because we get used to the reallity - just as Elie Wiesel wrote in "Night". for me, the conclusion of the event, if there can be a conclusion to such an event, was in a metal "party" in tel aviv, to where i went in the after day the terror act, it was a tribute to Megadet, in the end of it, a tennage from haifa came to the stage and talled about his girlfriend, who was hirt in the terror act, he wanted us to be strong and and not be affected by the terror, that tuched me very much. the show and daniel's death will keep the terror act in my head and heart for ever. although, as far as i know, none of us didn't really know dany and the other terror victims, we brightly know, that part of our teacher's heart died this day. now we wish joan to be strong but never forget. we don't really understand death until someone close dies. i wish you to remember dany and his friends and never forget who he was and what he did while he was alive, this is the most impoerant thing, i think that we have to do our best when we live, we can't know when we'll die - taday, tommorow, next week or when we 80. i want to finish my massage with an optimistic charecter and tell everyone - israelis and americans to be strong, excuse me, but "not to give a shit" about the terror and never, never forget the people who were murdered.
We are the students involved with the Book Share Program at Durant High School in Florida. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to those who are touched by the many students lost in this tragedy. Our prayers go to the families and friends of Daniel Harush and others who passed away. Our Sympathy, Amaris, Emily, Joe, Lisa, Annelie, Amy, Courtney, Kerri, Jib, Arley, Nicole, Rachel, Nikki, Karla, Katie, Brittany, Janice,Christina, Jeff, Kevin, Emily E. , Demaree, Wei, Paula, Ms. Zinc, Ms. Gates, Mrs. Ballans
To the students, teachers, faculty- I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of one of your students on March 5th. I could not imagine what you must be going through. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. - Rachel Quarles
i am so sorry that it took me so long to write you but first we had technical difficulties with our school computers then i went to the library to post and instead of pressing send i pressed back by mistake and by then my lunch period was over and i could't start all over. so i am going to try and remember what i wrote. you know i will jist start from scratch General : i would like to say that i am so sorry that all of you lost two friends lovers family member . not only that but two people that could have been an asset to our world. It is ashame that in my opinion the government has to be so selfish and pridefull to risk ther inicent people's just to proove a poin6t. you would think they would ask themselves is it really worth it. A Lesson To Be Learned to all friends: Life is too short to waste things on small things. you never know when Hashem plans for you to join him. Take thins time to not let small things get in the way of a lietime relations. Take this time to say hi to someone you have never even talked to before. take this time to let someone who thinks you have a problem with them know that you dont. Take this time to tuttor someone in a subject that you do exceptionally well on. Do something as little as smiling at someone. In the time that we live in we have no time for enemies only time to have companions. What sense does it make to make more enemies than we already have. To The Family: i know it is hard to realize that someone you laughed with loves talked to a just saw everyday , you can no longer do these things anymore. But that is not true although you cannot see them they are still there. That is maybe the worst thing to assume that they are not there . They are watching over you for all the years you have watched over them. Please take this time to show all parents around you that it is not worth arguing with your children. Would you really want your child or anyone in your family to leave you upset hurt or feeling any other negative way and never return and you never said goodbye i love i am sorry or anything else. do you want to feel like they are gone and they never knew how you felt about them. They same goes for children. it is not worth you feeling like you hate your parent for putting you on punishment when they only do things to help your best interest to look after you. So now in return you feel like you have the worst parents in the world because they may be more strict then others. Now what if you come home and your parents don't (hashem forbid) now your parents are gone and you haven't told your mother or father you loved them or little sister or anyone in your family. It's not worth it . we must grow upand it is ashame we must loose our childhood so fast. But we cannot change some of the situations we are put into we can only change how it affects us. we can only choose to make the negative work for us. What they might want: i under stand that it is hard and i am NOT saying at all get over it because that is not easy at all. BUT dont you think they wouldn't want you to be sad,because you are giving terrorist just what they want. Dont you think they may want you find some kind of positive. MIght they be happy to know that they are apart of teaching a life long lesson. Wouldn't they want you to take their place and be the best they can be. I dont think they would want their loved ones to be sad. I once wrote a poem that said " When i die dont't dress in all black, wear white to show i am free. When i die dont mourn for me , laugh and think of the good jokes i told the way idress, my accomplishments, laugh because now i am free. always say how you feel , smile at some, always say i love you Positive ways to think of it: What the terrorist wanted was to kill a inicent spirit and they have not succeeded really what they really did was set a spirit free. Free from hurt and pain of what they could have been apart of or the memmories that they could have hed for the rest of their lives. think of it as they are not dead but now have eternal life and are happy like free doves. Remember that hashem does not put you in any situation he does not think you are strong enough to get through. think of it as a life long lesson tell your childre and everyone you can your story i hope i al least made one person who read this happy. if i offended anyone i am so sorry those were not my intensions. And if this was not at all helpful or was please write me i am here . .
Dear Joan, Patrick & Students, I write to you with such pain & sorrow, yet knowing your strengths and compassion and knowing the lives that you lead do make a difference..gives hope to a more peaceful world. The lives that were lost on bus #37 will not be forgotten and the efforts of our community of Book Sharing partners will continue to bridge differences and embrace life. Let our deep bonds as partners support us in this time of grief and mourning. Please accept my sincere condolences, Lana
Hello... My name is Whitney LaMora and I am in the book sharing project with another school in here, but we heard of the Israeli tragedies on Friday afternoon in our classroom. I wanted to express my deepest sympathies because even if the losses didn't directly affect me and my school project, we are all in this together. This project is for the soul purpose of forgetting the evil in this world and for a fleeting moment try to get past it and learn of someone else's lifestyle. May there be no more losses in this magnificent project, bless you all... Whitney LaMora Francis Howell North High School, USA
As a man in my society I can't say I know how you feel but I can say sorry for the cruel people that we live with. I have learned as my life ages that you can only live life in the present, it is not my place to tell you when forget but I do want to offer you advice. My mother says that I should remember lost one by remembering good times. I send my heart and support and God bless you..
As a student in my society i feel very shocked and sad. I must say that you kids over there in your country are very brave and strong. To live in a warzone and still stay focused on your work is amazing. The amount of courage that you have is unmeasured. My heart and strength goes out to you. Stay strong and focused.
To our dearest friends Joan Orkin and the eleventh grade students, the principal and teachers of the Reali School, and all the pupils and parents of the School � On this bitter and dreadful day, we are with you in your pain and grief for the terrible deaths of Daniel Harush Yuval Mendelevich Abigail Leitel the young lives cut off so early by the cruel hand of terror in yesterday�s bombing of Bus No. 37 in Haifa. Together we will do all within our power as educators, Confronting Evil, for the sake of a better tomorrow, a better world. in sympathy, The Staff of the International Book-Sharing Project, Yad Layeled, and the Board and Staff of the Ghetto Fighters� Museum and the American Friends of the Ghetto Fighters� Museum
Dear friends in the USA, I have the heartbreaking duty to share with you the devastating news that one of our Book-Sharing Project children was killed in yesterday's terror bombing in Haifa.Daniel Harush was 16 years old, and was in "kita yud-aleph" (11th grade) at the Reali School. He was from Tzfat, and was living for the last 3 years at the Army boarding school near Reali. According to news reports quoting his sister Ronit, he had finished his studies early yesterday as most of his class was on a trip to Poland. He asked permission to leave school to submit a form to the department of motor vehicles, for theory lessons for his driving examination. On the way back to Reali he took Egged Bus #37 up the Carmel. Just last week, he had signed up for 3 years service in the army. His sister noted that he was planning a military career, and dreamed of training as a pilot. Toward his goal, he had also signed up for a summer course in parachuting.If you log on today to the Haaretz newspaper English language site -- www.haaretzdaily.com -- you will see on the home page a photograph of Daniel. I must add that two other Reali students were also killed in this horrible attack (in which 8 of the 15 victims were under the age of 18). They were Abigail Leitel (age 14) and Yuval Mendelevitch (age 13). Abigal, an 8th grader, was en route to a friend's house; Yuval was en route home from the Reali School. Abigail was an American citizen, the daughter of non-Jewish parents who came to Haifa 14 years ago from New Hampshire as her father had come to study and subsequently teach at the Technion. This Christian family felt so at home in Israel they decided to stay and raise their 5 children here. Abigail will be buried here in Israel. Yuval Mendelevitch was also in the 8th grade. He was speaking on the cellular phone with his father when the explosion occurred. The staff of the Book Sharing Project in Israel is sending the attached message to the Reali School, and is posting same on the website. With sadness, Kathy Ron Director of Resource Development & USA Relations
Dear Kathy, Everyone here shares your grief. This news is devastating, and our teachers cried with rage, sadness, and pain. I know how hard this must be for all of you. I hope that knowing how much we care will make some small difference. We think of you all each day with love and great sympathy. We are with you always. Love, Karen
Oh Kathy, with the heaviest heart and tears I can barely read on. I am so sorry for the country, their families, our famiies, as we all are one. To take away such promise is so unfair...there must be a bigger picture but with all this pain where could one find it? With deepest condolences, I am, sadly Amy
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