Arutz Sheva met Avraham Herzlich, a shepherd from the Shomron
(Samaria) community of Kfar Tapuach.
Herzlich, who lived a comfortable life in the United States, chose to
leave it all and move to Israel to become a shepherd. He is the
father of Talya Kahane of blessed memory, who was murdered in a
terror attack in December of 2000 along with her husband, Rabbi
Binyamin Ze’ev Kahane.
The Kahanes were killed when Arab terrorists fired at their vehicle
south of the Shomron community of Ofra, as they were driving from
Jerusalem to their home in Kfar Tapuach.
“I felt the emptiness of America,” Herzlich said, explaining why he
came to Israel. “Everyone is running around doing things and no one
is doing anything of any significance. What do you achieve by playing
on a computer?”
Herzlich left America at the age of 23. “I didn’t know anything about
Judaism. I knew almost no Hebrew except for Shalom. On the boat I met
some students who were going to study at the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem for a year.
“When you go by boat, when you go slowly,” he said, “you have a
feeling that you’re getting close to something very important. When
going by plane, you’re jumping from place to place. Easy come easy
go. You go and you come back very easily. When I got to Israel by
boat, I stayed.”
Upon his arrival in Israel, Herzlich joined a group of Jews from
Yemen and through them was able to connect to the Torah.
“They’re very humble and simple people, and I like simplicity,” he
Explaining his decision to become a shepherd, Herzlich said, “Our
forefathers, our ancestors – this was part of their life: a tent
which was made from the hair of goats. As a matter of fact, the
Tabernacle in the desert was made from hair of goats.”
He explained why he remains in Shomron and why he continues to be a
shepherd despite his personal loss as a bereaved father.
“We’re at war now,” he said. “We are commanded to be ready. Every
second they might come and put a knife in my back. When I’m in the
field alone, I have a knife with me. I have an attack dog with me.