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Today, 23 Elul, The Eleventh Yahrtzeit of the 9/11 Attacks

Monday September 10, 2012 7:46 AM - 14 Comments

9-11[Comprehensive video collection below.] When we woke up this morning, the date on our calendars reminded us sharply of exactly where we were 11 years ago.

The day the world changed for ever.

The words “nine eleven” are branded into our history as ­deeply as any world war.

There isn’t a schoolchild in the country who doesn’t know what happened on that sunny day in Manhattan.

And no adult who watched the ­horror unfold on TV will forget those heart-stopping images.

The gaping, fiery hole where the fuselage exploded like a bomb, the heroic firemen heading up the blazing towers, and the “dust people” who ­staggered like ghosts from the wreckage, will haunt us for ever.

So too will the after-shock of panic.

We watched in stunned silence as the ­passenger planes tore into the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

“That can’t be real,” someone whispered as the most iconic buildings in the world crumbled like sand.

Until September 11, 2001, the idea that terrorists could attack the sacred financial heart of the Western world was ridiculous.

America was a fortress, Al Qaeda was an obscure bunch of fanatics and leader Osama Bin Laden was a nutter with a stupid beard.

Back then, Islamic extremists were someone else’s ­problem.

But the moment 3,000 innocent people were vaporised in the worst atrocity of my lifetime, it was the end of the world as we knew it and the start of a new era of fear.

But 9/11 also changed the world in a more profound way.

After decades of vulgar excess it made us realise what was ­really important in life.

Family, friends, a safe job and a happy home all suddenly seemed so much more important than chasing the materialistic culture we live in.

Seeing thousands of people wiped out before your eyes, you realize how ­important life is.

To mark this day, Matzav.com has compiled a varied collection of videos from that horrific attack.

May we merit the geulah sheleimah, speedily, in our day.

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Video 1 - Chilling Video of Second Tower Collapse:

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Video 2 - Live TV Footage of Second Plane Hitting and Towers Collapsing:

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Video 3 - Fox News Coverage of the Second Tower Collapse:

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Video 4 - The Second Plane Hitting the WTC:

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Video 5 - CNN’s First Five Minutes of Coverage:

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Video 6 - CNN Coverage - Part 2

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Video 7 - CNN Coverage - Part 3

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Video 8 - Amateur Video - “What We Saw”

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Video 9 - NBC Coverage of First Tower Collapsing:

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Video 10 - NBC Coverage of Second Plane:

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Video 11 -Never Seen Footage Released by Firefighter-Photojournalist:

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Video 12 - Amateur Video:

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Video 13 - Collection of Amateur Clips:

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{Noam Amdurski, Andy Heller - Matzav.com Newscenter}

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14 Responses to “Today, 23 Elul, The Eleventh Yahrtzeit of the 9/11 Attacks”

1. Comment from How 911 is still hurting us today
Time September 10, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Save yourself NOW-before its too late-& head to Eretz Yisroel, soon it wont be safe anywhere but Israel will still be safer then the rest of the world.

We are living in Moshiach’s times the world as we know it is almost over, we are soon going to be in great danger.
Start packing your bags and get ready leave as soon as you can.

Do you remember when major events occurred once a century, then once a decade? Then, they started occurring every year – first 911, 2004 Asian Tsunami; 2005 Hurricane Katrina; 2006 Second Lebanon War; 2008 Economic Crash, etc.
Then, things changed.
Time speeded up. In 2010, there were massive earthquakes in Haiti and then Chile (which was also accompanied by a tsunami), as well as the volcanic eruptions in Iceland which interrupted air travel across Europe. Then, there was the explosion and resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. And that was followed by massive fires and a killing heat wave across Russia, look what’s happening in Syria so much blood shed etc. HOW MANY GEDOLIM LEFT US THIS YEAR? there were TWO tornadoes in New York at the same time over Shabbat, where even one is a rarity. And then, I saw that many articles (Google it) on the earthquakes in China were reporting them as “TWINS:” 81 Dead in Twin China Quakes And suddenly, I recalled that Hurricane Isaac made landfall TWICE at New Orleans! all of the above and much more are the results of Hashem preparing us and the world for the Geulah, which we hope is around the corner.

Sweet New Year to All of Klall Yisroel.

2. Comment from Anonymous
Time September 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Comment number 1 is a fear mower. He trys to mow you down with fear so that you comply not with Torah law, but with paranoid fixations on the aftermath of a horrible event or elsewise the coming attention to a destiny that is still unknown.

3. Comment from got it
Time September 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM

this could be true… we are also living in the age of communication— we are hearing about news around the world in real time. similar events could have happened years ago but there was a lag in communicating this information if at all.
i hope mashiach is coming too but live life anticipating mashiach as oppose to sitting there depressed and ‘hoping’ mashiach will come and solve all of your problems

4. Comment from yehuda
Time September 10, 2012 at 12:42 PM

does anyone know why 9/11 happened? every tragedy that happens has a wake-up call & message straight from Hashem (from WWII to 9/11 to local tragedies etc…)

Do you know that 9/11 is our sad day for over 2000 years? תשעה באב, 9 is תשעה Av is 11 אלול is 12 & תשרי is 1, how does that grab you? How does that shock you? what about the phone number 911? that’s also תשעה באב. that’s Americas emergency number for a minimum of 50 to 100 years, why didn’t they pick 111? are you going to tell me cause a baby might press 111 by mistake? These 2 tragedies-above-were only hint’s to tisha b’av, but it wasn’t enough to bring klal yisroel to start doing teshuva. So what happened ON tisha b’av 2005, i.e. no more hints to tisha b’av? Gush Katif/the Gaza Disengagement, it was supposed to happen on tisha b’av but they waited until Motzei tisha b’av, they did not even wait till the next morning, which means it was still tisha b’av in Chutz La’aretz (diaspora). Now let me ask you something, are these 3 tragedies-relating to tisha b’av-coincidence or is it a straight message from Hashem that its time for klal yisroel to wake up & do תשובה? You think about it, this is not between people, this is between each person & Hashem

5. Comment from yehuda
Time September 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

may it be hashem will that klal yisroel return to Hashem so we do not need any more wake-up call from Hashem /7 may mashiach come ASAP

6. Comment from EY Yid
Time September 10, 2012 at 1:27 PM

i cannot watch these videos. A very sad and tragic day. We lost a lot of Jewish neshamas.

For us yidden, we must strengthen our middos - particularly ahavas Yisroel. When we pass another Jew on the street, say good morning — even if he is wearing a different hat, kippa or no kippa at all. Such a simple act will make such a difference. Try it.

a Kasiva vChasima Tova

7. Comment from SSSS
Time September 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

isnt today the tenth?

8. Comment from MOISHE
Time September 10, 2012 at 3:17 PM

REPLY TO # 1

I AM GLAD THAT WE HAVE YOU AS A NOVI. NOW WE KNOW WHAT TO DO. THANK YOU.

9. Comment from Anonymous
Time September 10, 2012 at 4:18 PM

today is sept 10 not 11.

10. Comment from To comment #1 “yehuda”
Time September 10, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Get over it,
Why don’t you try being quiet for once! Take one on the chin

11. Comment from MOISHELAH
Time September 10, 2012 at 4:59 PM

A message from Moishela,
a handicapped child
Yud Aleph Cheshvan 5772
November 8, 2011
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We’ve Lost Our Kedusha
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Am Yisrael, we’re a stiff-necked people. A people that with our stubbornness have managed Be’ezras Hashem to get through most of our time in our Golus, with our stubbornness to keep our faith, our closeness to Hashem, our sacred Torah. We have fought with determination to keep ourselves holy, at least up to this generation. But since we have entered the last stage before the Geula, things have drastically changed. The main thing that we have lost is our Kedusha, and with it our true belief and trust in HaKodosh Boruch Hu, Hashem Yishmor.

Of course the fact that I’ve made such a statement will make you cry out against my words and say, “But we have never had so many yeshivas. We have never had so many Frum Yidden living kosher lives. We have never had so many Minyanim, so many thousands of Jewish children with Payos and Tznius going to Jewish schools, to Frum schools, to ultra-orthodox schools. We’re in good shape. Why are you saying such terrible things?” And I will answer “The lie! The lie! We want to believe the lie!” Truthfully we are only a shadow of what we once were. Our determination shows itself only in business. Our stubbornness is only when were fighting against Tznius. We have become an Am without a heart. Our heart has become like the Goyim; superficial and looking only for the delights of this world. Yes, we dress it up in Ruchnius.
We dress it up in learning Torah. We dress it up in many things, but most of the Frum Yidden today are actively worshipping the Egel HaZahav, even though they dress it up in Tzitzis and a Yarmulka. I’ve said similar things many times, but today things have changed more drastically. Today a Yid was Niftar, a Yid who was a Tzaddik. A Yid who fought with his illness of Parkinson’s, not willing to take medications so that his memory would not be affected, so that he could continue to learn Torah in the highest way. This Rav, Nosson Tzvi Finkel was a Tzaddik. He was Niftar on Rochel Imeinu’s Yahrzeit. It’s not by chance that suddenly he was taken from this world by a massive heart attack. It was not by chance that it was on Rochel Imeinu’s Yahrzeit. So many Tzaddikim have been taken from us in the last months, and certainly in the last years, Tzaddikim from every group of Yidden: Sephardim, Ashkenazim, Litvish, Chassidish, etc. But today was a special day. Today at the funeral of Rav Finkel ZT”L, came the end of the period before thefinal curtain goes down on the Golus.

The death of Rav Finkel brings us into a new era,to an era of much suffering, great wars and much death. We are a stiff necked people and the characteristic that we have is working now against us. We are working against Hashem. We have turned our Yiddishkeit to a lie, and we believe, for the most part, our own lies and anyone who’s trying to get back to the truth is criticized and attacked and worse. But my dear Yidden, as much as Hashem has pounded us with tragedies, still we are stiff-necked and we don’t want to listen. So many people have died from Machalas, from illnesses. So many people died from violent accidents. So many people have died suddenly from unknown causes. So many orphans, Lo Aleinu so many widows, Lo Aleinu, so many widowers, Lo
Aleinu. Still we are stiff-necked and we don’t want to listen.
So now we are moving into a new phase. A phase that will destroy two thirds of the world. A phase that will bring tragedy and fear from every direction. Those Jews who stubbornly stick to the Egel HaZahav, hold on to its tail very tightly, refusing to let go, will suffer and disappear because they’re not real Jews. They can’t be real Jews. They lost every semblance of a Jewish heart, any semblance of a Jewish Neshoma.

The real Jews that were at Har Sinai yearn to go back to truth, and yearn to be what Hashem really wants us to be. Those Jews, Be’ezras Hashem, will survive! But again, my words are similar to the other words that I have spoken already, but I just want you to know that according to the timetable we have now moved into a new situation. Rav Finkel gave up a life that would be easier on him with his illness that would be easier for him to suffer through his illness, for the sake of Torah. He was Moser Nefesh for the sake of Torah. He was Moser Nefesh to this Mirrer Yeshiva that became so famous and so great. I wonder how many of us are being Moser Nefesh for our Yiddishkeit. Not many, not many at all, But those who are Moser Nefesh, who are Moser Nefesh for the basic values of Yiddishkeit, will reap great rewards. I only wish that all the Bochurim in Mir were as big Tzaddikim, or at least learned from their Rosh Yeshiva. But unfortunately in most of our yeshivas today HaKodosh Boruch Hu is not invited in, and the yeshiva Bochurim are taught to learn but not taught to feel Hashem. They speak the right words but don’t always act in the right way because they don’t feel, they don’t feel what it is to be a true Yid. They often don’t have the refinement and the modesty and the delicacy of being a true Yid. They’re wound up in all kinds of toys, all kinds of telephones, all kinds of Shtusim that are forbidden in most Yeshivas, but are accepted as normal the minute they walk out of Yeshiva. And of course the streets, the Frum streets, are full of restaurants and all kinds of entertainments all kinds of so-called Frum entertainments which destroy our Jewish feelings, our Jewish hearts. And so, lately our Tzaddikim are suffering massive heart attacks because the Jewish people do not have a Jewish heart in most cases.

Where are those Jewish faces? Where are the Yiddishe Punims? Almost no child today has a Yiddishe Punim. They don’t look Temimusdik. They look hard. They often have the look of the Olam Hazeh. What else can I say? I just will say this closing thought for you who are true Yidden. Look at your children. Look at your wives. Look at your husbands. Look at your mothers and your fathers. Look at the pictures of your grandparents, your great grandparents and look what is happening to you. You’re loosing your Yiddishkeit. You’re loosing your Yiddishe Punim. You’re loosing your Olam Habah. If you lose your Olam Habah, chas vesholom, you’ve lost life. Do you want to loose your eternity? Are you so stiff-necked that you’re willing to loose your eternity for Pizza, for fancy Bar Mitzvas, for lack of Tznius, for your lust? Do you want to loose eternity for things that disappear in an instant? That’s the greatest lie!

Am Yisrael it’s your choice. No one can force you. No one could take this stubborn Am and force them to do anything. Most of the Yidden are going stubbornly against Yiddishkeit, they are seemingly going towards Yiddishkeit, but its not real Yiddishkeit. They’re going towards the lie. They’re adopting it in the most terrible way. On the other hand, you have the true Yidden who with their stubbornness will save the world, because they’re trying to reestablish Yiddishkeit the way it should be. Am Yisrael, this is all I can say. I can only give a little bit of Chizuk to those stiffnecked strong Jews who are stubbornly trying to keep their Yiddishkeit intact, because the rest of you are only going to snicker at my words.

You say what is the connection between Rochel Imeinu’s Yartzeit and Harav Nosson Tzvi Finkel’s petira? Rochel Imeinu was buried where she is in order to help Am Yisroel. Travelers, the Yidden that were looking for the truth, for Hashem they could come to her easily and Daven she should give them Chizuk. The people traveling to Eretz Yisroel, leaving Eretz Yisroel. But in our day and age, people searching for HaKodoshBoruch Hu and searching for help. Mama Rochel, we come to her as a mother, and we pour out our hearts and we beg her to go to HaKodosh Boruch Hu and save us.
Because this is the time when we’re going into a different situation, a much more serious situation much closer to the end, it was only fitting that the Tzaddik would be taken on her Yarzeit which would hopefully make Am Yisroel think a little bit, Daven a little bit to Hashem to save us.

Whether they actually went to Mama Rochel and begged her to speak for us, to ask Hashem for us, or whether we asked Hashem in her Zechus to save us, or whether we just lit a Lecht and stood by the Lecht and asked her to be our representative. Whichever way it goes, its a sign to Am Yisroel that its time now to change our ways, to come closer to Hakodosh Boruch Hu, and to try to look, act, and Daven and learn like true Yidden.

12. Comment from eli
Time September 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

#1, relax your kishkas

13. Comment from Jose
Time September 10, 2012 at 7:31 PM

To Matzav:

Can you stop Mr. Doom & gloom from cursing Klal Yisroel! Your printing of his hatred shows where you’re holding!

14. Comment from to ssss
Time September 10, 2012 at 7:35 PM

today is the hebrew date of 9/11 the yartzeits of the victims tomorrow is the English day

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