The Legacy of Danny Lewin, the First to Die on 9/11, Twelve Years Ago Today


danny-lewinDanny Lewin was an American who joined the Israeli army and served in an elite unit. In 1984, his family decided to move to Israel, and Lewin grew up near Yerushalayim. In the late ’90s he co-founded a company that made the Web faster and more efficient.

Lewin died on September 11, 2001, at age 31. He was on American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane to hit the World Trade Center, in seat 9B. According to flight attendants’ calls relayed to authorities on the ground, the first passenger to be killed was seated in 9B. He was stabbed to death. He may have figured out what was going on, perhaps even tried to stop it.

His life is now the subject of a new biography, No Better Time: The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin, the Genius Who Transformed the Internet. Read more here.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. He was one of the three sons of Dr. Peggy Lewin, a reknowned pediatrician in Yerushalyim’s French Hill neighborhood. A remarkable family. We went over to be menachem avel at the time… as we loved Dr. Lewin as our doctor. Yehi zichro baruch