Forty years ago, the murderous Palestinian Terorists of the Black September gang massacred eleven Israeli athletes. The Olympic Committee still refuses to incorporate a minute of silence in the opening ceremony of the games.
Meanwhile, Jews, synagogues and many other Jewish organizations are looking to meaningfully commemorate the victims. Many of the prayers floating around veer significantly from the traditional prayer texts, while many people find particularly those traditional texts meaningful. All such memorial prayers floating around the net fail to incorporate the full names of the victims (in the form of ploni ben ploni). As a matter of public service I am therefore posting the text of the E-l Male Rachamim prayer that I wrote for this occasion. It is thoroughly traditional and has the full names of all the athletes. Read the rest of this entry »