Remembering Shira Banky הי’’ד

To refresh memories, this unfortunate 16 year old girl was murdered because she attended a rally. It is true that the rally’s agenda was against the ethic and laws of the Torah, without any question. This is to my knowledge the position of all Orthodox Movements. I would imagine the more right-wing Conservative and Conservadox movements (such as Shira Chadasha) also share this view. Reform of course don’t believe the Torah was the word of God, dictated to Moshe, let alone the primacy of Mesora through Tannoim, Amoraim, Geonim, Rishonim and now Acharonim so it’s undoubtedly not an issue for them.

Shira Banky attended the rally to support the views of a friend. She was 16. I might not agree with Shira’s views and condemn those views with vigour, but the minute feelings translate to violence and in this case an unnecessary murder which created nothing more than more hatred for Orthodoxy, especially Ultra Orthodoxy is there anything more that Orthodox Jews can do to palpably show their distance from despicable murder which is not only against the laws of Israel, they are against the laws of the Torah. Her murderer, Mr Shlissel, is a recidivist. In my view, he should never be released and treated in a home for psychopaths. Apparently a number of Shules have performed the following to express their revulsion at murder “in the name of God”

My thanks to R’ Meir Deutsch for drawing this to my attention. Wouldn’t it be a great expression of regret if every Shule in Melbourne did the same? I call on the RCV to recommend such an action. The picture says it all.


Author: pitputim

I've enjoyed being a computer science professor in Melbourne, Australia, as well as band leader/singer for the Schnapps Band. My high schooling was in Chabad and I continued at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh in Israel and later in life at Machon L'Hora'ah, Yeshivas Halichos Olam.

6 thoughts on “Remembering Shira Banky הי’’ד”

  1. Perhaps it would be worthwhile to also include Yitzchak Rabin in this gesture. Just as we don’t agree with Shiras position on homosexuality, we may also disagree with Rabins political aspirations. Regardless, he too was murdered in the name of G-D


    1. What do you know about Shira’s position on Homosexuality? Not all the people that participated were Homosexual – Shira just supported free expression of every individual. Her parents issued a statement after her death:
      משפחת בנקי פרסמה הודעה לאחר מותה של שירה, וכתבה כי “שירה שלנו המקסימה נרצחה רק בשל העובדה שהייתה נערה בת 16 שמחה, מלאת חיים ואהבה, שבאה לתמוך בזכותם של חבריה וכל אדם לחיות לפי דרכם.
      About Rabin; it was not the first murder of a Jewish leader. This Tuesday we remembered Gedalya ben Achikam, who was also murdered by his fellow Jewish KANAIM who saw him as a collaborator and traitor. Our sages did not post a remembrance board in a synagogue for him; they fixed a yearly fast instead.


      1. I don’t know and I don’t care. I’m told she went to support a friend.
        Whatever the case she should never have been murdered by the right wing madman.
        If God decreed it, then I ask God, WHY


        1. I have a problem with Pinchos. He took the law in his hand and murdered another Jew, a head of a tribe, killing him without any trial. For some reason he was rewarded and not declared a murderer. Now other KANAIM want to follow him, hoping for a reward.
          על חטא שחטאתי


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: