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June 11, 2015 5:04 pm

Terror Victim Ayala Shapira Celebrates Bat Mitzvah Six Months After Near-Fatal Firebomb Attack

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Ayala Shapira celebrated her bat mitzvah six months after a near-death attack. Photo: Screenshot Mako News.

Ayala Shapira celebrated her bat mitzvah six months after a near-death attack. Photo: Screenshot Mako News.

On Thursday night, six months after she was severely wounded in a near-fatal terror attack, Ayala Shapira celebrated her bat mitzvah with her family, Israel’s NRG news reported.

The celebration was held on a lawn in the settlement of Ma’ale Shomron, near the Palestinian city of Qalqilya in the West Bank, where Ayala’s family lives. Ayala’s classmates were also invited to the celebration, as were friends she made during her long rehabilitation process.

At the celebration Ayala declined to talk to reporters, but her parents spoke of the difficulties they have faced in the months since the attack.

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Ruth, Ayala’s mother, said that, “six months ago we were not sure that we would reach this moment. This is not a mere birthday, this is a very important moment in her life. It is a day with great personal significance.”

Her father, Avner, said Ayala’s condition is continuously improving, even though she is still in the midst of the rehab process, and that she is no longer undergoing dramatic changes in her condition.

“Day by day, one millimeter and then another,” he said, noting that full recovery, “is a story of a lot of time and a lot of work.”

He said that, “every parent is excited when their child enters into observance of the commandments, and in our case this is even more emotional because it is not just a bat mitzvah, but also a thanksgiving meal.”

He added that from his perspective, “these are moments that are very important in her life.”

In the terror attack six months ago, Ayala suffered third-degree burns over much of her body and face when a firebomb lobbed by a Palestinian teenager smashed through their car as she drove with her father in the West Bank.

 

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  • Sandra Gilford

    Dear Ayala and all your family,
    Mazel Tov on your Bat Mitzvah in Jun. It is wonderful to read the good news of your ongoing progress. I am just reading it now, a few months later.
    I have been davening for you since I first heard of your injuries, and will still keep you in my tefilos.
    May you go from strength, always.
    With best wishes for complete healing and a very good year ahead, for you and all your family and klal Yisrael,
    Sandra
    San Francisco, CA

  • Richard Irving

    Dear Ayala:

    We have been davvening refuah shlema for you almost every day since the attack and are so glad to find this news – may you and your family be greatly blessed with all good gifts from Hashem.

    Richard and Pat, San Jose, California

  • Leah Kip

    Mazal Tov Ayala!

  • Elaine H. Konigshofer

    Dear Ayala,

    We made Aliyah 1 and half years ago, from Denmark, and we go to MacDonalds shool ( with your grandfather) every week.
    So we all follow your progress and pray for you.

    Mazeltov for this day and we wish you a quick and easy and healthy recovery..

    God Bless you and your family.

    Elaine and Jorgen Konigshofer

  • Jacqueline Tommasini

    Mazel Tov brave, brave girl from London, England

  • Irene Swartz

    Mazal Tov Ayala, may the best day of the last year be the worst day of the year to come. May you go from strength to strength. The Rockof our salvation never sleeps.

  • Pearl Belkowitz

    Mazel Tove Ayala! may you excel in all you do and thumb your nose at those idiots who set of the bomb.
    You are a WINNER!!

  • carol Halberstadt

    Mazal Tov, Ayala, on your Bat Mitzvah! Refuah shleimah m’hira. May you skip and run and leap like the beautiful young woman you are–as a graceful gazelle signified in your name. And may you be blessed with all the goodness of life…

    Shabbat shalom u’mvorakh,

    Shira

  • Heartfelt congratulations to Ayala & her family!

  • Baruch HaShem, our Rock in whom there is no wrong.

    This is wonderful news.

  • Sam Harris

    Mazel Tov Ayala!

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