Remembering the Hebron Massacre

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by R. Gil Student

According to the Hebrew calendar, this Monday marks the 90th anniversary of the 1929 Hebron Massacre (the English anniversary is August 24). Arabs rioted and killed many Jewish civilians in the holy city. In particular, they killed students learning in the famous Hebron yeshiva, including Americans studying abroad. Jewish Action has a section about some of the yeshiva students who survived the massacre: link.

R. Akiva Males has an article in the journal Tradition about a yeshiva victim from Memphis, TN: link

Below is a record of Rav Shalom Schwadron telling an inspiring story about the family of a Chicagoan victim, Jacob Wexler. This is from Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein’s Aleinu Le-Shabei’ach (vol. 5) and some of the details are a bit wrong (e.g. the victim’s first name; the Alter of Slabodka had passed away two years before — I thank R. Males for his help with clarifying these details).

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link of New Jersey, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazine and the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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