Last Wednesday, March 23, 2011, there was a bomb attack in Central Jerusalem in which one British woman, Mary Gardner (59), regretfully lost her life.
I found out soon after that Mary Gardner was also a student at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and took the exact same Hebrew Class as I take at the Rothberg International School. She and I had the same teachers, we just ended up in the opposite class.
Also, I found out at the small ceremony our teachers’ held in her honor this past Monday, that she was born in Nairobi and lived there until she was 15, and spent almost 20 years of her life in West Africa, mainly in Togo.
In Togo she worked for Wycliffe Bible Translators. She already translated the New Testament for the Ife people in Togo.
She was now in Israel for only six months studying Hebrew in order to go back to Togo to translate the Old Testament.
During the ceremony I couldn’t help but feel a strong connection to Mary, though of course we never met. I truly praise her lifelong accomplishments and faith, and am truly saddened we lost a special soul.
In Honor of Mary Gardner:
“When you and the path you have chosen get along just great, it’s hard to know whether your motives are sincere.
But when you come across a path to do good,
and this path goes against every sinew of your flesh
and every cell in your brain,
when you want only to flee and hide from it
Then you shall know your motives are sincere”
By Rabbi Tzvi Freeman