By R. Blum
Five months after surviving a Palestinian stabbing attack, a 30-year-old Israeli woman gave birth to her fifth daughter on Shabbos, the news site Walla reportedthis week.
Michal Froman, a resident of the Judean community of Tekoa – is the daughter-in-law of the late Rabbi Menachem Froman, famous for his efforts at Jewish-Arab peaceful coexistence.
Her husband, Shibi, posted a message on Facebook on Saturday night about the baby and the significance of her entering the world under such circumstances.
“For the months since the stabbing, I have been wondering whether the baby would be born a [far-Right extremist] hilltop youth or an extreme leftist,” he wrote. “In the end, she emerged on Shabbat and she is merely a lump of sweetness. Simple and relaxed sweetness. It seems that it will take a lot of time to persuade her that there are conflicts in the world, other than gas, of course. In the meantime, she and I share complete admiration for her mother, who again is surprising us with yet another example of heroism and greatness and being able to see beauty in the midst of difficulty, and goodness in times of crisis. Thank God for everything.”
Shibi Froman told Walla about the impetus for his post. “We always joked that [the baby] had experienced the [Arab-Israeli] conflict in utero, and thought it interesting to consider how she was going to fare in the world outside.”
This is in keeping with how Michal herself responded in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attack, which left her – at the time 18 weeks pregnant — in moderate condition from wounds sustained to her upper body.
“The [Arab] ambulance driver who drove me had more human compassion than many of the Jews I know,” she said at the time. “I call on Arabs like him to join hands and do something together to change things… I know this is hard, and it may take many years to achieve, but together we will emerge victorious; the faster we get this done, the better things are for everyone… [I feel] a great urge to give back and to implement the lessons I learned from this ordeal — namely, to make life stronger and to give to others.”
Froman, was attacked on January 18 by a 17-year-old Palestinian in the clothing store where she was employed. The terrorist fled, ignoring orders by security forces to stop. He was then shot and wounded by a civilian, and taken to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, while Froman was evacuated to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center, where it was determined that her unborn baby had not been harmed.
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