FC: Bombing Journal By: Will Norris 5-28-12 A-2
1: My Name Is David Benyamin
2: My name is David Benyamin. I was born on February 11, 1999. I live in Jerusalem with my family. My brother, Abidan, is 16 and my sister, Abiella, is 10.
4: Journal Entry #1 February 6, 2003 Today my best friend Divri and I went to the market to get some fresh food for our families. After we got back we played stick ball at the court with some of our school buddies, than we went for a walk around our neighborhood. We talked about many things, I learned a lot about him that I never new before. I feel like we become closer everyday we hangout. I don't know what I would do without him.
6: Journal Entry #2 February 8, 2003 Today, Divri's family and mine celebrated Purim which is "The feast of Lights." The Scroll of Esther was read in the synagogue and then there was a big exchange of cakes and fruits. I got so stuffed I didn't want to eat anymore food for a week! Divri took some home and when we got back to his house he smashed a cake in my face. It was a really fun day, one I will never forget.
8: Journal Entry #3 February 9, 2003 Today, My family and I went to the Western Wall, also called the Wailing Wall. We try to go once every other year. Abiella, my younger sister, didn't understand why it was called the Wailing Wall when there were no whales. It was the funniest thing. I explained to my sister that it is a place where people come with their sorrows and sometimes cry. I told her that it is the only surviving part of the Second Temple. I also informed her that it is the most sacred shrine for our religion.
10: Journal Entry #4 February 11, 2003 Today, I turned 13. I had a huge Bar Mitzvah with all of my friends and family from the community. I got many presents but they were mainly money. I am now considered a man and responsible for my actions. It's hard for me to believe that I am already a man, that's crazy. I read from the Torah and lead public worship to demonstrate my manhood. It was pretty cool to be in charge but it was also very nerve racking. After all of the celebrations Divri came back to my house for a little while to hang out.
12: Journal Entry #5 February 23, 2003 Today was an absolutely horrible day. Divri was killed in a suicide bombing, and I should have been with him. We were supposed to meet at a little café called Mocha Café down the street at 2:00. I was running a little bit late and told him that I would arrive around 2:30. Of course he said he didn't mind because he is such a good friend but I felt bad so I went to a shop along the way to buy him a chocolate bar. When I got close to the café I saw a bunch of smoke, wondering what had happened I ran to the shop. When I got there the café was on fire! my first thought was "Is Divri alright?" Once they had put out the fire they started recovering bodies. I was hoping that Divri would not be one of them. He was. This was perhaps the worst day of my life.
14: Diary Entry #6 February 25, 2003 Today, my family spent a lot of time with the family of Divri. We discussed how they wanted their son's ceremony to go. Because my father is a Rabbi they decided to have him lead the funeral. They set up the date for the funeral for March 3. I'm afraid that nothing will ever be the same without my best friend.
16: Journal Entry #7 March 3, 2003 Today, was the funeral for Divri. It was very emotional as I expected, but I did not expect me to be so. I was very sad but I tried to hold in all the tears and stay strong for his mom. The funeral lasted for about two hours but the burial was about another hour. Looking at him for that split second that I was able to was painful. It didn't look like my best friend, just an empty body. It is disrespectful to look at someone who is unable to look back at you so they closed the casket once they identified him. There were many good things said about him and that made me proud but I was still shaken.
18: Journal Entry #8 July 12, 2005 I haven't done a journal entry in quite a while, I guess ever since Divri passed everything has changed. I visited the cemetery where he was buried today and said a few words. I get pretty emotional every time I visit and this time was no different. This is going to be my last journal entry so, bye buddy, I'm going to miss you.
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