chizuk in hevron

Cedarhurst resident returns to site of sniper hit


One year after he was rushed by medics to Shaare Zedek Hospital after being shot in the leg outside Mearas Hamachpela, a Cedarhurst resident returned with his entire family to Chevron to recite a special bracha recalling the miracles that he experienced during the sniper attack.

Steven Borochov and his sons Eli and Yosef were among several hundred people who traveled to Chevron in November 2015 to spend the Shabbos of parshas Chayei Sara at Yeshiva Shavei Hevron. As the Borochovs walked up the steps to Mearas Hamachpela just before the onset of Shabbos, 19 year old Eli was struck in the leg by a bullet fired by an Arab sniper.

Eli Borochov was taken by ambulance to Jerusalem where doctors were able to remove the bullet from his thigh. 

In a VIN News interview, Steven Borochov said that he was astounded by the incredible warmth and caring shown to his family during their short stay in Israel, vowing to return again to spend parshas Chayei Sara in Chevron.

“When we left last year I said that terrorism will not deter us and that I planned to be back a year later with my whole family,” Steven Borochov told VIN News.

Borochov kept his word, flying with his wife and four children to Israel to spend parshas Chayei Sara at Yeshiva Shavei Hevron.

The family returned to Mearas Hamachpela with a group of friends from the Five Towns, where Eli Borochov said the bracha expressing his gratitude for the miracle he experienced one year earlier.

“Doctors told me that the bullet was just centimeters from his femoral artery,” said Steven Borochov, noting that that fractional difference made the difference between life and death.

Steven Borochov said that he has received hundreds of emails from Israelis who said that his pledge to return to Chevron was a source of tremendous emotional support.

“The truth of the matter is that we don’t go to Chevron to give chizuk,” said Borochov. “We get chizuk there.”