Where Were You On 9/11?

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Originally posted on 9/11/16:

It’s hard to believe that it has been 16 years since 9/11.

It’s the seminal coming of age moment for any Millennial who can tell you exactly where they were, just like my grandparents could say when JFK was assassinated. My youngest brother was born in 2002, he’s now part of a class of high school freshman who will only know of 9/11 from the history books.

I was a 16 year old in Yeshiva in Los Angeles when Rabbi Thaler came running down the hallway in our dilapidated YOEC dormitory waking everyone up while screaming about a plane crashing into the World Trade Center.

My father wasn’t one to send me thousands of miles away from home without a cell phone, and he obtained permission for me to have a Motorola TalkAbout. As far as I know, I was the only person in the Yeshiva to have a cell phone at the time. Radios and TVs were verboten of course, and I wound up being the source of information for my fellow students and teachers on that horrible morning.

The phone had 3 lines of text to view news articles with and I burned through my 350 monthly anytime minutes talking to my Mom as she was glued to the news.

Earlier in the year, I had written a report in high school on the threat of Sunni and Shiite terrorism, but it was absolutely terrifying to listen to it unfold in real time on American soil.

I was dumbfounded as the news-anchors discussed whether it was an accident or intentional. How could 2 jumbo jets accidentally fly into the Twin Towers?

And I shuddered as I heard the noise of towers collapsing while on the phone with my Mom.

Then it really hit home as reports came in of either a Delta or United hijacked flight that had landed in Cleveland, though those were later debunked by everyone except the conspiracy theorists. United 93 did cross over Cleveland airspace before turning around and crashing in Pennsylvania. I don’t cry when watching movies, but I sure did when watching United 93.

I visited the 9/11 museum last October and hearing the voicemails that doomed people left for their loved ones had me tearing up again. It’s worth a visit to make sense of the craziness of the day.

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United offers an Air Traffic Control audio feed on channel 9 on select planes and one FlyerTalk passenger shares his story of what he heard on channel 9 while flying on 9/11.

My Uncle had a job offer to switch from a competitor to Cantor Fitzgerald and start on 9/1. Cantor was based on the top floors of the North Tower and lost 658 employees on that horrific day. My Uncle’s boss agreed to double his salary to get him to stay and not move to Cantor Fitzgerald, which likely wound up saving his life. He was across the street from the WTC on 9/11 and fled after the planes hit, though he knew dozens that died on that day and lost a few close friends as well. Once further uptown he stopped for a shot of Vodka before donating blood to the Red Cross. While there he wound up taking charge and volunteered to setup and run an emergency Red Cross call center for several days until things returned to normal.

His wife was setting up a booth at a conference in Windows on the World on the morning of 9/11. Her boss sent her home as they had sufficient people to man the booth. She left the WTC at 8:30am that morning. Her colleagues at the booth all perished in the attack.

Cops stood guard by my LA Yeshiva that day, prepared for anything else that might be planned. The rumors and confusion ran wild.

My father sent me back to Yeshiva after the Sukkos holidays with Cipro due to the Anthrax attacks that started a week after 9/11. He even sent me with 2 Atropine shots in case of a nerve gas attack. Crazy times they were.

Where were you on 9/11? Share your memories in the comments.

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Shmaya

I was in YOEC, the cooks had the radio on at breakfast out on the counter.

Most of us did not understand the enormity of it, ( I think mostly because reports kept on coming in and it seemed completely unreal)

Dan

@Shmaya:
Right, though most of this happened before class or during chassidus before davening and breakfast.

I remember Rabbi Citron asking if I had a radio or TV in my room while he was asking for updates.

The rumors coming in were pretty crazy though, they had no idea how many planes had been hijacked at the time.

Mutty

A group of us (Hatzoloh members) were across the street when the building(s) collapsed on us. I still don’t believe it actually happened or that we got out alive. See video on Yeshivah World. Has some of us that were there. I still shudder.

Dans Fan

I was by the door of the tower as a emt when it collapsed

Elliott

At ground zero with Hatzolah.

Dan

@Mutty:
@Dans Fan:
@Elliott:
Crazy.
I’ve heard Hatzola was among the first there. Have any stories to share from the day?

chanie Berman

Yosef Berman and Naftoli Solomon were the first ambulance there.

mosh

I was 8 years old I was in bed my mom woke me and told me the news , when I went to cheider and told my rabbi what happened he told me that I have no idea what I am talking about .

Oscar

I was just a few miles away in yeshiva, watched everything from the rooftop of our building, saw people just jumping from high story’s, that was more than enough to see , forget about the rest…!

Slim

Oy. Just reading your account stirrs my feeling for that terrible day. The more I think about it, the angrier and saddened I become. I’m not aloof to it, but I try not to dwell too much on it. I was actually approximately 1 mile away across the river with a direct line of sight. I remember the sirens all morning long. I remember hearing the holocaust survivors saying that smell in the air was of burning flesh. I remember the ash in the air for days afterwards. I remember thinking the world will never be the same again.

May the families have comfort on this anniversary of 9/11.

May we use all the money we save from being part of your site, Dan, to defeat the arabs and greet the Messiah, AMEN.

yoni

i loved that last line!!!! lol

Ryan

At the US Consulate General Karachi, Pakistan serving as a US Marine.

Stephen

Hi Ryan, Thanks for your service. Can you share a bit more about your experience on 9/11. I find it very interesting, as Pakistan as we now know played a huge role in coming to the aid of terrorists. thank you!

Joe

I was in my Chider which is on Kent Ave in Williamsburg I was 10 years old sitting in the Lunch Room which is in front of the building walk in when the Bus driver runs in that a plane crashed in the first building in WTC we ran out in front which was open to Manhatten and multiple included me saw the second plane crashes, we were next to the Willamsburg fire station where we saw the UTA (Satmar) buses took the fire fighters to the WTC

Sola

I was in school. While everyone was glued to the TVs, my rebbe, chavrusa, and I decided to stay in the beis medrash and learn. When we left, F15s were flying overhead. Three days later, on Friday, I did shmirah for the bodies they were bringing to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office. Tents, exam tables, and pallets of latex gloves were set up outside on 30th Street east of 1st Ave. Secret Service kept giving me a hard time (understandably) about what I was doing there. One of them, when he was satisfied after checking my credentials, let me go with a meaningful “Zei Gezunt!” It was a much-needed lighthearted moment in the middle of a day of seeing (and smelling) the human loss with my own eyes. To go from witnessing such a scale of death firsthand to singing Kabbalas Shabbos that night broke me. But life went on, at least for me. I’m grateful for all I have and all I love.

Booky

I was sitting in my office in Boro park and I was waiting to hear if they will be able to find my 2 close friends who were Niftar in the attack.

Mutty

There are a lot. When I pulled the ambulance up to the trade center I was told to pull in right opposite the building. Then the police came over and told me to move further into Liberty street because they had enough coverage for the area we were in. I moved. The others (FDNY)that were where we were originally never made it. There’s plenty more but let others share their memories.

Dan

@Oscar:
Oy.

@Ryan:
Gd bless you for your service.

@Sola:
I gave my kids an extra hug today. They won’t know what happened on 9/11 for several years, but they’ll always know they’re loved
Reading the stories of those who said goodbye for the final time or didn’t get to say goodbye is heart-wrenching.

@Booky:
🙁

@Mutty:
Wow.

ANON

I was on the D train from Sheepshead Bay to Manhattan (before the D started going through Boro Park). We were going over the Manhattan Bridge and could see the smoke and flames coming out of one of the towers. We didn’t know it was anything more than a crash, but by the time we got to Rockefeller Center the second plane had hit. A few hours later I walked home from midtown over the Brooklyn Bridge. Smoke was intense and there a somber mood wherever we went. People were handing out water to walkers, which was the first indicator of a nation coming together.

Laura

I was driving to work, I worked for a software company in California. I heard on the radio what was happening but didn’t believe it. I thought the DJ’s were doing a sort of war of the worlds broadcast since they did pranks online. I walked into my office complaining about what I heard because I knew it wasn’t allowed… That’s when I found out it happened. I cried. I couldn’t believe what was happening. My dad’s family lives in NY. My cousin works in a hospitalin Manhatten. I’ve been to NYC at least a dozen times since from 2002 to last month and I stop by each time. I travelled a lot for work. I flew extensively and I remember boarding a flight a few days later. There were 3 passengers on the plane. Tensions were high. The flight attendants were very nice. I could never truly imagine what others felt that day. Those who lost their lives, an entire city coming together to help, it’s sometimes hard to see the good through all the evil.

Alex

At the time, I was learning in a small Kolel, maybe 10 guys, on 18th Ave. In Boro Park. On the way there from home that morning, someone who was headed for the D train asked me if the train was running, since he heard about a bomb in Manhattan. I said I didn’t know of anything and continued on my way.

Not long after I arrived, one of the other members came running in saying a plane crashed into the tower. We all thought he was pulling our leg, but he insisted it was no hoax. One of us had come in a car, so we all ran out and piled into the car (8 guys in a sedan) to hear the radio. We noticed the air was full of flying bits, which turned out to be soot from the fire.
We were just sitting there, stunned, as the reporters were describing what happened, and listened in shock as the towers came down. It took a long time for us to digest that what we were hearing wasn’t a new version of Orson Wells’s “War of the Worlds” radio hoax…

hvaces42

Midtown office meeting. Responded with other H members. Parked on the side of 7 world trade next to one of the airplane engines. Lost my car but BH am here to talk about it.

Never Forget
Jacob

I was in a meeting with a window facing the WTC but we noticed the fire from the first plane crash on the TV in the room
We all looked out the window thinking what a terrible accident then we saw the second planew hit alarms went off in our buildings and everyone got out
I being an emt for my town went to help in any way I can understand fortunately their was not much to do except help the police and firemen that got hurt I stayed till erez shabbos help anyway I could I could
I still can’t bring myself to go back there
Their nasamas should have an alyih

Avrohom

I was in 3rd grade, class had just started and I remember on of the rabbim from the younger classes was a Hatzolah member and came running into our class saying a helicopter hit the empire state building! All the rabbim and the princable we’re talking in the hallway listing to the Hatzolah scanner. Reports were so unclear in the beginning but as a young child it’s a day I will never forget.

Anonymous

@Never Forget: That audio retraumatizes me every time. Better not to post it.

Sady

I was woken up at 5 am by my TV at home. My parents got a call from my grandmother who lives in NY time zone so they switched on the TV at about 5:45 am which woke me up and I remember seeing the second plane crash into the south tower live on TV

Leah in VA

Dan, both Aish.com and Chabad.org have some beautiful articles. Aish has one about the Hatzalah first responders.
I also found one on dpreview, believe our not. I had googled how many Orthodox Jews died on 9/11, and it came up with a list of names and bios of 76 victims. I was trying to find out if the story I once heard was true or not. I had heard that a frum person called their Rav and asked if they could jump out of the window, and was told no. The Rav stayed on the phone and said viduey with her. It seems far fetched to me … Anyone know if this is true?
I feel we owe it to their memories to read their stories and find out who they were, not just a bunch of names or even nameless people, just a bunch of numbers.
It really felt like Moshiach was coming that day.
I was home, but my kids were in school. I wanted them home near me. I pulled them out school, to have them home. My husband came home from work as well. We are in VA. It was a very scary and confusing time for everyone everywhere.
Hashem should send Moshiach, wipe away all the tears forever.

Yak

The story about the person on the phone with the rav was someone from flatbush

Chaim

Yes it’s true the person nebech was bigeleisen from Flatbush and he spoke to the belzer rabbi on the phone

Mordechai
Sholem

I’ll never forget the Rosh in YOEC gave a massive derasha that evening screaming, “Der velt treiselt zich!” Anyone remember that?

Cbs

In rabbi Weimers 4th grade class in HAC.

Anonymous

@Leah in VA:
There is a recording of that call.. I have heard it he was on the phone with his wife too!
So sad…

Josh

In Yeshiva Bell Harbor across the water, saw it clearly on fire and then no more.

Was there when the plane crashed a month later a block away from Yeshiva.

Gary Davidowitz

I was on my way to a medical seminar walking north on Park Avenue and 39th Street around 8:45am. I heard a loud roaring sound and looked up to see a large passenger airplane flying very low. I watched the plane go by for a few seconds and then lost sight of it behind buildings. I remember calling my wife on my cell phone and commenting how I just saw a plane flying very low and how I was concerned that it could hit a building. No one else walking at that time seemed to be bothered by what I had just seen and I, therefore, continued walking north towards my destination of 43rd street. A few minutes later, as I approached 42nd st I noticed a group of people standing on the corner looking and pointing south.. I turned and looked back and saw smoke coming out the side of one of the world trade center towers. I quickly walked into my seminar where people were watching news reports on TV with the reporters saying a ” small plane” had crashed into the WTC – I recall screaming back at the TV screen saying “..that was no small plane, it was a large passenger plane”
Dr D

Sam

In Yeshiva in Eretz Yisroel, I remember coming back from second seder and hearing about it.

Asaf

I was sitting in our first period of class at Ezra academy, and yeshiva based in forest hills queens, when the rabbi told us to all hush down… The head of the school came on the loud speaker and made the announcement that there was a terror attack on the twin towers and to report to the assembled room to watch the news. At that time we didn’t realize the severity of the attack. Two days later when school re-opened we learnt that a fellow schoolmate had lost her father in the attack. The day will be forever ingrained in my mind, and my heart goes out to the first responders and people who losts loved ones.

We will never forget.

Sam Finkelstein

I was in preschool. A local dentist came into the room after dropping off his kids and told the teacher what happened. She just gasped. We were sent home early that day, and my father who was working nearby was talking about it nonstop.

Thinker

We have still not gotten an explanation for what caused building 7 to collapse. It’s also horrible the way they lied to first responders and volunteers in the days and weeks after 9/11, saying that there was no danger in helping out with the recovery at ground zero. Many are suffering today because of this.

Eddie

That morning was my wife’s first ultrasound with our first baby.
I worked in midtown but because of the appointment didn’t go to work. (Usually took the 2,3 or 4 lines to the city from CH).
woke up late (about 8:30) had a TV with an antenna so no channels were working then one was (most channels had their broadcasting antennas on the WTC and one that was working apparently had it on the Empire State Building). And as we were watching the burning building, the 2nd plane came hitting the second tower.
As we were going to Maimonides hospital in Boro Park, My black Kippah became grey and my cloths were becoming grey from the debris that was dropping from the sky as light snow flurries.
I will never forget that moment.
At the hospital we were waiting with more future parents for the ultra sounds, while in the waiting room with the news on, reporters saying there were 6,7 or 8 planes that have crashed.
Doctors and nurses running in and out of the hospital, everybody there was in shock.
Till this day it’s hard to believe.

hvaces42

@Thinker: Maybe it was all the gasoline that was stored in the OEM generators that caused an uncontrollable fire, which i witnessed with my own eyes. The building was not structhrally sound from that fire and collapsed. I was there the night of 9/11 as well and saw them fighting the fire. Truthers are just so pathetic.

Mm

I was in yeshiva ketana in France. 17 years old and it was 3.30pm when someone came and told us that something big happened in the US at first we didn’t believe him then after the shiur we went outside to a tv store and saw hundred of people outside The store watching the news !

Danr

I was in YU at the time and remember seeing the second tower go down from the top of belfer hall.
The thing I remember most about the days following 9/11 was how united the country was and how everyone in NYC greatest each other and hugged the fireman and policeman in the streets.

It is amazing how divided the country is today 15 years later, i guess we can thank the greater divider Barak Obama for that and his surrogates (looking at you Bill DiBlaso)

Joe

In 8th grade in Brooklyn, seeing the flames and smoke from the window. Trying to reach my mother who worked in the South Tower to make sure she was okay.

Manny

I had just left a bris in Monsey and was returning to NJ. About 9:30 AM I heard news about an attack on the World Trade Center, and thought it was discussing the attack in 1993. As the news report continued, I started to understand what had happened.
The morning was super clear and from a high spot on the the Garden State Parkway around Mile 165 I could see the two towers with the smoke blowing southward. By the time I got to the Jersey Shore, the smoke from the towers was in the air down there. I knew that the world would never be the same.

Sara

Yes I remember it being a beautiful September day.

LR

My husband had surgery that week and so we were both home. Otherwise we would have both been at work. As we watched on the TV just after the first plane, we saw the second one hit. It was all so surreal.

Our son had just finished U.S. Army boot camp, and has now done 4 tours away including Iran, Iraq and Pakistan. I’m tired of him going over there and not getting support or thanks from people in this country.

As someone else mentioned, I find it shocking only 15 years later how divided this country has become. People protesting the American flag even.

It is all for a reason and only hastening the coming of Mashiach. IY”H very soon in our days.

Chaim

Thank you and your son for preventing this to happen again!

Deb

I agree it’s a shame that sometimes our differences cause us to mistreat each other. But I don’t shame others for speaking out about that mistreatment. I do think it’s easy to forget that before 9/11 the world was not that different than it is today, in terms of Americans trying to find a way to handle our differences and not always doing so well at it. Events like the response to Harvey and hopefully now Irma too, keep me believing that our hearts are good and we will continue to look for a better way to coexist.

Dan

@LR:
Thank you and your son for keeping this country safe and Gd bless. It is a shame that the flag and anthem need to become political pawns.

And Amen to Moshiach now. There has been more than enough suffering.

Lost a family relative

Lost a family relative
Still hurts me the we don’t know how he passed away! So sad

A Rebbie

I was giving Halacha Shiur After Shacharis in Skokie Yeshiva and discussing with the Talmidim the idea of not watching Television until after Yom Kippur. After they were dismissed to breakfast one boy returns and asks “Rebbie, what if an airplane would slam into the World Trade Center would it be okay to watch the television new coverage?” I responded “I would think so but perhaps think of a more realistic Shailoh.” He responded “Well it just happened and everyone is watching it on a television that is set up in the cafeteria.” By the time I got downstairs to the cafeteria all the Talmidei Hayeshiva were heading to the Beis Midrash to say Tehilim B’Tzubur. The tears were flowing and the rest became history. Hashem Yishmor and may he send Nechama to all and Yeshuos B’karov.

Bernie

I was in yeshiva, sleeping, when the janitor comes walking in screaming that I should wake up because one tower was hit. I told him to stop drinking [he was usually drunk] and went back to sleep. He came back when the second plane hit and this time I decided that he MIGHT be saying the truth. So I woke up and spent the morning in yeshiva, watching parents picking up their kids to whisk them away to “safer” places, etc.

Leah in VA

@Anonymous: there are no words. Ad mosai. I was really hoping it was an urban legend.

Jensays

Working in Queens, my office directly faced WTC. I was sending an IM to a friend wishing him a happy birthday, when two coworkers whose desks didn’t face the window came running over. I stopped what I was doing, and turned to face the window just as the second plane hit. But absolutely the worst site I saw that day was each of the towers collapsing. For maybe a year, everytime a plane was flying low (no doubt landing at LGA), we were sure it was heading for our building.

Dovid

I was just 16 years old, a yeshiva student living the yeshiva life.

That year 9/11 was a week before Rosh Hashana. I (along with my friend Yosef Muchnik), was scheduled to fly to Los Angles to assist Chabad of Agoura Hills with their High Holidays programming.

My American Airlines flight to Los Angles, with a connection somewhere in flyover country, was scheduled for departure the evening of September 10. However, N.Y. experienced a torrential thunder and lightening storm that evening; our plane was unable to take off, and we were stuck on the tarmac for many hours.

Of course, by the time we finally did take off, we had missed our connecting flight. So instead of taking that route, the airline announced that we’d be flying to Houston, where we would be put up at hotels overnight, and would then fly to Los Angles the next morning.

The next morning, a terribly hot, humid Houston morning, we boarded our flight for a 7:30 departure to Los Angeles.

About an hour into the flight–I remember, I was davening shachris–the pilot paused the movie with an announcement (quotes are imprecise of course–this was so many years ago): “We just received news that there was some kind of incident at the World Trade Center. We’ll keep you posted with developments.”

Okay, an accident. We didn’t think about it for too long, and I continued davening shachris while the movie resumed. A short while later, the pilot again: “Passengers, I have disturbing news: a plane just crashed into the other tower. And the accident we announced earlier–that was also a plane crash. This does not look accidental.”

This time the movie didn’t restart. Everyone started murmuring, very concerned and disappointed, but not particularly threatened or afraid. Until this announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen: there have been several hijackings. We’ll keep you posted.” And then this: “Another hijacking just confirmed.” “Another one.” And then this: “A plane just crashed.” And then this: “It seems like 5 planes have been hijacked.” Then: “The number has increased to 10 planes.” (At that point, any plane that couldn’t be immediately reached was assumed hijacked. For some bizarre reason, our pilot thought it was smart to share that with us.)

No one said a word. All hands were clutching their armrests, knuckles white and trembling. Because the pilot kept updating us, and with each update the news got progressively worse, it seemed to us all that most likely every single plane in the sky at that moment was under attack and was doomed. I wasn’t the only passenger on that Houston –> L.A. flight who assumed that it was probably a few minutes until someone jumped up and screamed “alla hu akbar” and killed us all. It was terrifying.

Our pilot, God bless his heart, then confirmed we were going to die: “Ladies and gentlemen, we were just ordered to land. If we don’t land within the next 20(ish) minutes, we will be escorted by army jets. And we will be deemed a potential threat and will be dealt with as such.” If Allah wouldn’t kill us, Uncle Sam would.

Within a few minutes the pilot confirmed that we had received permission to land in El Paso, Texas. At that point, cell phones came out as people tried calling their loved ones. I couldn’t reach home. I tried again and again but nothing went through. The passengers who did manage to get through shared updates: Pentagon, Twin Towers, Pennsylvania, terror, horror, death, destruction, terrorism. Many passengers were crying.

We landed and joined a massive line of planes, all ordered out of the sky. We didn’t taxi to the hub, as the traffic was intense, with dozens of planes ahead of us. We just got off the plane right where it landed and hiked down the runway. When we got to the terminal, all the screens were channeled to the attack. Again and again we watched the planes–suddenly transformed into terrifying missiles–fly right through the towers. There was no resistance, no drama. It was all instant. It was surreal: no nightmare or horror story could conceive of the terrible efficiency–the speed and smoothness of the attack. Bam, bam, bam, and the world changed forever.

Strangers were hugging and crying on each other’s shoulders. The airport shops set up ice boxes with free drinks for all the stranded, bewildered and terrified passengers.

Within a few minutes, we spotted Rabbi Greenberg, the Rebbe’s shliach to El Paso. He heard planes were landing, and being the Rebbe’s soldier that he is, he sped to the airport to see how he could help. When we realized the planes wouldn’t be heading back into the sky, he offered to take us home and give us his guest room.

That night the whole country was terrified. On this suburban, quite El Paso block there were bomb scares at the corner gas station and at the 7-11 on the other corner. Everyone felt vulnerable and was on high alert.

The next morning we took a Mexican bus to L.A. But that’s another story unto itself.

On the West Coast, far as it was from Ground Zero, things were different. At one point, I had to go to the shul late at night. When I pulled into the lot, a police screeched in behind me, jumped out with his gun drawn, and asked for ID. He was just making sure I wasn’t visiting to kill Jews.

After the holidays, I flew back to New York. Already from the plane window the smoke was visible, still billowing out of the gravesite of thousands.

When I disembarked, I immediately smelled the smoke, the carnage and the terror. My older brother, Elie Poltorak, picked me up from the airport. The FDR completely was empty — besides for military Humvees and soldiers armed to the teeth with combat weapons, that is.

This was New York? Manhattan? It couldn’t be. As we headed further south, the smoke got darker and the smell stronger. I felt then that something had changed forever.

The smoke told me that there was no turning back and that a new era had dawned; an era of terror was drawn out of the sky and dragged into our world by passenger airplanes controlled by men with mace, box cutters and very dark hearts.

#neverforget #alwaysremember

annnymous

I was at my desk 3 blocks from the Trade Center when I heard the first plane hit. It sounded like a dumpster being dropped carelessly. Others who has windows facing the WTC sa w the smoke and paper flying all over. We saw people running for their lives towards the East River covered with ash. I was looking out the window when I saw the 2nd plance crash. We stayed in the office until after 11am and I walked over the Brooklyn bridge and eventually got home.

BP BOY

I was in Williamsburg at SATMAR CHEDER, on the 6th floor, we had a massive view, we saw the 2nd plane crashing in and saw both buildings collapsing .

ElisaAvigayil

@Dovid: Thank you Dovid. I shared your retelling on my Facebook wall. I hope you don’t mind.

Shulammis

My then-4-year-old daughter was having her tonsils removed that morning, and I was rushing around getting my older kids off to school and the baby to the babysitter’s. My husband got a frantic call from his sister in Florida that “the White House has been bombed!” I barely registered this bulletin, let alone pondered whether it was true or an exaggeration, since I needed to get to the hospital ASAP. I sat with my daughter during pre-op, wondering vaguely whether there was any sort of emergency; when she was taken back to the OR, I went to the waiting room to say Tehillim. That was when I saw the images of the planes crashing on the waiting room TV. I was stunned. I couldn’t concentrate. I ran around frantically trying to find a newspaper so I could find out what happened and get back to davening! Somehow, one of the Atlanta newspapers had been able to print a front cover that read, in large, menacing letters, “OUTRAGE!” Of course, it had only the barest details of what had occurred in the previous two hours. I didn’t get more information until much later that afternoon, and was in my car on the way home from the hospital when I heard the collapse of Tower 7 on the radio. What an awful, horrendous tragedy. May Hashem avenge the deaths of all the innocents who met their untimely ends on that day and since then.

Thank you for encouraging us to memorialize the Kedoshim and share our thoughts on this day, Dan.

H member

As a hatzolah member there is a famous internal story going around us members….during mincha outside on the day of the attack, one of the fire chiefs asked a coordinator , so how many guys did you lose or are missing, he said none. The fire chief paused for a moment and uttered… You do have a God

YeshivaDude

I was in yeshiva davening shacharis when my friend, who had spent the better part of davening in the kitchen, came back in and sat down next to me. “[so and so from the kitchen staff] said plane just hit the World Trade Center…a terrorist attack.” I remember not knowing what the WTC was and then I heard murmurings behind me about the Twin Towers and I was just shocked. It was so hard to believe.

It was right in the beginning of Uva L’tzion.

Ricola

@LR respect and thanks to your son for his service. And to you for being parents who allowed him to serve. There are millions of people who have gratitude and respect for the men and women who have served our great country. Unfortunately the voices of those who don’t understand what an incredible sacrifice a soldier makes to protect each persons life and liberty- including those protesting and burning flags- speak a lot louder than those of us who realize what you do for us. (The fact that these brave soldiers put their lives at risk to protect the liberty of our individual rights- including the right to protest is an irony that is not lost on me!) We we exist. And we are many. May HKBH watch over the brave soldiers of our great nation!

Mutty

Two more memories. While standing at the ambulance I was watching as people fell or jumped one after another. It was horrible, something I still have nightmares about today. Then the building started to implode. I didn’t have enough time to get into a building so I jumped between the seats in the ambulance and davened. After the building fell down and I was able to open the door, I saw a large beam right next to the ambulance that missed crushing us by an inch. Hashem was definitely watching over us.
Another thing that happened that day with us. At one point we were helping some invalids and pregnant women onto boats, carrying them over the sides, as the boats pulled up wherever they could. An announcement was made that the island (Manhattan) may have an explosion because of all the gas leaks. We were asked to go to Jersey to set up Triage centers where the wounded would be taken. (Unfortunately at ground zero there were very little just wounded people and the triage center wasn’t necessary). Anyway, the Hatzoloh members joined the other people onto this large boat headed to New Jersey. There was a lot of hullaballoo as you can imagine. Suddenly, one frum person yelled out a pasuk from tehillim. A few people repeated it. Then another and another until all of us were yelling out posuk by posuk. The incredible thing was the look on the rest of the people’s faces. They were mesmerized and totally silent in respect. They somehow understood what it was we were doing and respected it. Besides the get togethers in stadiums, for me this was one of the biggest Kiddush Hashem’s I’ve ever experienced. There is a lot more but I’ll just leave you with the above. IYH we should see a complete Yeshuah for all our troubles and ailments and see the coming of Moshiach immediately!

Walter

I was on my way to work and saw the UA jet hit. Saw felt and heard the towers fall 🙁

I am lucky though, i was offered a managers position at AX on site at Coopers. If i had taken it I’d be gone.

EMT Moshe

[9/11, 11:47 AM] MK: Complete List of Jews Who Died in WTC on 9/11 A”H

List of World Trade Center Victims (not including plane crews or passengers)
William F. Abrahamson
Jack Charles Aron
Joshua Aron
John P. Bergin
Alvin Bergsohn
Daniel Bergstein
William Bernstein
Shimmy D. Biegeleisen
Florence G. Cohen
Kevin Sanford Cohen
Margaret Ruth Echtermann
John Ernst Eichler
Eric Adam Eisenberg
Mark Joseph Ellis
Valerie Silver Ellis
Peter Adam Feidelberg
Alan D. Feinberg
Kristen Nicole Fiedel
Samuel Fields
John R. Fischer
Lucy A. Fishman
Brett Owen Freiman
Peter L. Freund
Arlene Eva Fried
Andrew Keith Friedman
Gregg J. Froehner
Steven Elliot Furman
Richard Samuel
Gary Geidel
Julie M. Geis
Steven Paul Geller
Howard G. Gelling
Marina Romanovna Gertsberg
James G. Geyer
Brian Fredric Goldberg
Jeffrey Grant Goldflam
Michelle Goldstein
Monica Goldstein
Steven Goldstein
Michael Edward Gould
Elaine Myra Greenberg
Eileen Marsha Greenstein
Jeffrey A. Hersch
Thomas Hetzel
Marcia Hoffman
Stephen G. Hoffman
Frederick Joseph Hoffmann
Michele L. Hoffmann
Jonathan R. Hohmann
Aaron Horwitz
Thomas Edward Hynes
Walter G. Hynes
Abraham Nethanel Ilowitz
Aaron Jeremy Jacobs
Ariel Louis Jacobs
Jason Kyle Jacobs
Michael Grady Jacobs
Steven A. Jacobson
Albert Gunnia Joseph
Karl Henry Joseph
Stephen Joseph
Jane Josiah
Sheldon Robert Kanter
Deborah H. Kaplan
Alvin Peter Kappelmann, Jr.
Sarah Khan
Howard Barry Kirschbaum
Peter Anton Klein
Alan David Kleinberg
Karen Joyce Klitzman
Ronald Philip Kloepfer
Gary Edward Koecheler
Frank J. Koestner
Amy Hope Lamonsoff
Joseph Gerard Leavey
Neil Joseph Leavy
Leon Lebor
Alan J. Lederman
Stephen Paul Lefkowitz
Edward Joseph Lehman
Eric Andrew Lehrfeld
David Leistman
Matthew Gerard Leonard
Jeff Leveen
John Dennis Levi
Alisha Caren Levin
Neil David Levin
Robert Levine
Robert Michael Levine
Gary Frederick Lutnick
Simon Maddison
Daniel L. Maher
Alfred Russell Maler
Raymond Meisenheimer
Stuart Todd Meltzer
Raymond Joseph Metz III
Jill Ann Metzler
David Robert Meyer
Ronald Keith Milstein
Nancy Morgenstern
Robert B. Nagel
Martin S. Niederer
Alfonse Joseph Niedermeyer
Jeffrey Roger Nussbaum
Michael C. Opperman
Richard Allen Pearlman
Mark Rosen
Brooke David Rosenbaum
Linda Rosenbaum
Sheryl Lynn Rosenbaum
Lloyd Daniel Rosenberg
Mark Louis Rosenberg
Andrew Ira Rosenblum
Joshua M. Rosenblum
Joshua Alan Rosenthal
Richard David Rosenthal
Michael Craig Rothberg
Donna Marie Rothenberg
Ronald J. Ruben
Jude Safi
Wayne John Saloman
Nolbert Salomon
James Kenneth Samuel, Jr.
John Albert Schardt
John G. Scharf
Frederick Claude Scheffold, Jr.
Angela Susan Scheinberg
Scott Mitchell Schertzer
Jon Schlissel
Ian Schneider
Thomas G. Schoales
Frank G. Schott, Jr.
Gerard Patrick Schrang
Jeffrey H. Schreier
Susan Lee Schuler
Edward William Schunk
Mark E. Schurmeier
Clarin Shellie Schwartz
John Burkhart Schwartz
Mark Schwartz
Michael Herman Seaman
Gary Shamay
Kathryn Anne Shatzoff
Mark Shulman
Allan Abraham Shwartzstein
Johanna Sigmund
David Silver
Craig A. Silverstein
Arthur Simon
Kenneth Alan Simon
Michael J. Simon
Paul Joseph Simon
Marianne Teresa Simone
Barry Simowitz
Leonard J. Snyder, Jr.
Naomi Leah Solomon
Eric Thomas Steen
William R. Steiner
Alexander Steinman
Andrew Stern
Edward W. Straub
George J. Strauch, Jr.
Edward T. Strauss
Steven R. Strauss
Dorothy Pearl Temple
Stanley Temple
Gabriela Waisman
Jeffrey P. Walz
Michael T. Weinberg
Steven Weinberg
Scott Jeffrey Weingard
Steven George Weinstein
Simon Weiser
David M. Weiss
David Thomas Weiss
Mary Catherine Wieman
Jeffrey David Wiener
Michael Wittenstein
Ira Zaslow
Kenneth Albert Zelman
Abraham J. Zelmanowitz
Charles A. Zion
Andrew S. Zucker
Igor Zukelma
[9/11, 11:47 AM] MK: List of Victims on American Airlines Flight 11

Anna Allison
Myra Joy Aronson
Robin Lynne Kaplan
Paul J. Friedman
Edmund Glazer
Lisa Reinhart Gordenstein
Daniel M. Lewin
Mildred Naiman
Philip Martin Rosenzweig
Richard Barry Ross
Jessica Leigh Sachs

List of Victims on United Airlines Flight 175

Alona Abraham
Robert G. Leblanc

List of Victims at the Pentagon (Not Including Flight 77)Note: USA – United Stated Army; USN – United States Navy
Ada M. Davis
Gerald P. Fisher
Lt Col Robert J. Hymel, USAF, Retired
CDR Robert A. Schlegel, USN

List of Victims on American Airlines Flight 77
Charles S. Falkenberg
Dana Falkenberg
Zoe Falkenberg
Steven D. Jacoby
Todd H. Reuben

List of Victims on United Airlines Flight 93

Jeremy Glick
Nicole Miller
Mark Rothenberg

Yehudis

May their neshamos have an aliyah 🙁

eli in baltimore

i worked on broadway and vesey from 86-88 and the towers were right out my window.
In january of 2001 my wife and i went to windows of the world on motzei shabbos and it was as awesome as always. the city just sparkled below us. on the way out i told one of the waitresses that i hope she appreciates how great it is to work up there.
in august of 2001 we had plans to go to the twin towers with he kids but that was the day of the sabbarros bombing in yerushalayim. i walked with the kids as far as broadway and was so depressed over the news that i just decided to go to chabad there and say tehilim. i bought 2 twin tower tee shirts from a street vendor ( i still have them) and headed back by foot to the lower east side where we were visiting. i said there will be other times to visit the towers as i did not feel right having fun that day.
on 9-11 i was coming back from driving bais yaakov carpool in baltimore.
i must have had a cell phone by then since i recall my wife calling me. she was talking to her sister on the lower east side who could see some of it by standing on grand st and looking straight down east broadway.
when i got home i immediately turned on the TV and put a tape in the vcr to record what was obviously history.( still have it) i remember thinking about the upcoming fundraising dinner for heritage house (meir schuster) that was scheduled to be held in windows on the world and hoping that they would repair the place in time. i could not imagine that it could collapse. i felt the world coming to an end and drove to the bank to withdraw some cash for the upcoming uncertainty. while in the car i heard on the news that it had fallen. i remember thinking that it was so wrong of reporters to report that it had fallen when that could not be true.
i literally could not accept the news. i was certain that hatzala of the lower east side must have been decimated but b”h hatzala received a neis (kimat niglah).
just a sickening day. such amazing evil.

Yehuda

I was on a D train on the way into Manhattan.
(The D at that time was in Flatbush, not Boro Park.
When we got to Church Ave, someone said that a plan hit the WTC.
Our first thought was “wow, horrible accident”.
By the time we got to Atlantic Ave, we heard a second plane had hit. That immediately shifted thoughts to terrorism.
As we exited the tunnels and went over the Manhattan bridge. The entire train rushed to the left windows and stared in horror as we saw the two pillars of smoke billowing from the towers.
The conductor came over the intercom and said somberly “I think we should all say a prayer for those in the buildings”.
Watching the smoke, all I could think was how would firefighters reach people on the top floors? Would they use helicopters? Did they have plans for skyscraper rescues? It never occurred to me that the buildings would come down.
Our train was one of the last ones allowed into Manhattan before the city-wide subway shutdown.
I got off at 34th Street and walked the block to my office in 1 Penn, where my co-workers were glued to radios, internet feeds and one small 13″ TV someone rolled out of a closet.
The towers fell, and we watched in shock.
I remember calling my wife and she had no idea what happened. My oldest was 11 months old and the TV was always on Sesame Street.
Eventually, our management decided that since we were above Penn Station, we were a potential target for more terrorism, so they told us to go home.
I walked downtown to the Williamsburg Bridge, watching as shell-shocked downtowners covered in dust somberly made their way uptown.
Some nice Chassidishe guys gave me a list to the Public School my Mom worked at and she gave me a huge hug, not realizing I was never in any danger. She waited until all the students were on their way home and then drove me home.
I found a charred piece of a law book in the alley behind my apartment building. 🙁
The next week was spent trying to get back to normal, but several bomb scares at 1 Penn made it impossible as we evacuated each time.
It wasn’t until a few days later that I learned that the sister of one of my closest friends has died on that terrible day.
I will never forget.

Batya

@EMT Moshe – thank you for posting the names.

I was in Pittsburgh staying at a friend’s house, preparing to move into my new apartment on 9/12. When I awoke, my hosts had the TV on and I could hear the reporting of the planes crashing into the WTC towers. Not long afterward, close to 9:30am, I walked to the post office. Workers had KDKA radio in the back of the station, and you could hear it out front, which was unusual. Reporters were tracking the two planes that we now know crashed — Flight 93 into a field near Pittsburgh, and the other, into the Pentagon. It was a tense time, because we knew about the NYC towers failing by that time, and they follow the other flights but not know where they were going. Flight 93 crashed just after 10am. I was numb.

I couldn’t listen to the news any more. I didn’t watch TV and avoided the nightmare of seeing the planes crash into the Twin Towers. I avoided all media and waited for my movers to come on 9/12 because I couldn’t deal with the carnage.

I’ve been to the Flight 93 memorial and it is a solemn and beautiful site. I did not know that the plane was flying upside down and augured straight down into the ground. They found plane parts 40 feet down. The field today is empty. Only a huge boulder rests at the exact site where the plane crashed, put there to mark the spot. Nobody is permitted past a certain boundary except family members. There is a white marble wall inscribed with the names of the deceased — heroes, who diverted the plane away from populated centers, and into this rural field. May their memories be for a blessing.

Bruce, aka Taharaman

I had come to NY for the shloshim of my wife’s cousin’s wife, murdered in the Sbarro pizza bombing in Yerushalayim. I had planned to be having coffee with an old friend in the Towers that morning. But a cousin in Deal, who I was going to on Tuesday night, called on Monday and told me I had to come Monday night. Hashem apparently had, has, other plans for me. May all the neshamas have an aliyah MOSHIACH NOW, so I can start my new job handing out Tefilin, etc. At Tchias Hamaisim

LR

@Ricola: Amen and thank you!

Yonah

I was at a job interview in the 50’s and Lexington. The interview was at 8:30am. About 10-15 minutes in, after talking to the hiring manager, it was evident that the job wasn’t a good fit for me – somone burst into the room saying that a plane crashed into one of the towers, and the phones were down. Since the interview was over, I decided to go to my wife’s office on 53rd and 3rd – a few blocks away. My first thought was that a small plane or maybe a helicopter tour crashed into the tower. As I walked out of the building, I looked downtown and saw smoke billowing from the towers – I knew it was something more than that. My thoughts of course floated to my uncle – a lawyer with Cantor Fitzgerald.

When I got to my wife’s office – everyone was glued to the TV. I managed to get a hold of my mom who was a wreck. She had spoken to my aunt, and there was no word from my uncle. As we watched in horror when the towers fell, we began to lose hope. Around noon my mom called me – my Uncle was badly burned in the elevators going from 79 to his office on 104. He managed to walk down the stairs from the 79th floor with the aid of some fire fighters, and was in the Cornell burn unit before the towers collapsed.

Since the city was closed off – they shut down the subways, commuter rail and all of the bridges and tunnels – my Aunt couldn’t get into the city. My wife and I went to the Hospital. The situation was bleak, he didn’t have much hope for survival. He had been severely burned and inhaled burning jet fuel.

Thank G-d, after some long months in recovery and rehab, my Uncle came home. I’m sure that many of us had been to emotional smachot before, but I promise you none of them compare to my cousin (his son’s) Bar Mitzvah in may of 02′.

B”H today, despite some ongoing issues from that day, he leads a normal life.

Boruch

@ Ryan
@ LR

Thank you for your services to this great country. May God continue to bless you and all members of the United States Armed Forces.

zg

Mr. Speilman worked for Cantor -Fitzgerald. He arrived to his job at one of the towers a few minutes early that day. Since the shiur that he was listening to wasn’t finished yet, he decided to sit down outside until he finished the shiur. Most of his colleagues perished.

edward

@Ryan: Ty for your service!

Anonymous

in school, while on the school bus our driver was and Hatzolah EMT, i remember that long beep for mobilization and how he ran the second he got to school, then i remember praying for all rescue workers, by recces brooklyn was gray already, and we say flying burnt papers,
then for the next few days we got used to the roars of low flying F-16’s

ari

i remember 9/11 as if it happened 2 years ago hard to believe its 15 years.
i was in my office and someone ran in to tell us we all ran downstairs to a store that had a TV to watch the unthinkable, unbelievable unfold in front of us on live TV .
we were all shell shocked not believing what we just witnessed first one tower then the 2nd tower
the enormity of the loss didnt hit us it was surreal

as an active member of our local chevra kadisha i immediately started placing calls to our members to get ready to respond to a mcs=mass casualty situation and be ready to head to new york city

little did i realize at the time that everything and anything was pretty much pulverized and vaporized and no one was getting near the twin tower site for days and weeks to come
fast forward 12 years later my son got engaged and married a very active NY hatzalo members daughter
he tells me after what he witnessed at the WTC his life is changed for ever. he views the islamist threat to us on us soil as real and just a question of when and where (and he quotes law enforcement sources who agree its a question of when and where as for every plan foiled and stopped all the enemy needs is 1 to succeed
hes very upset and cant understand our current govt down playing and even scared to say the name islamist terrorists
if you cant face your enemy and even say their name how can you fight them
hashem yaazor and we are all in hashems hands
may yidden all over have a kesiva vachseema tova

Marsha

I never comment on threads but need to add at least one more name to EMT Moshe’s list, an old family friend named Victor Wald who died in the towers. Surely there are others who are not on that list and we must not forget them.

Aaron

One memory that stays with me. My yeshiva walked to a local shul to join in a tehillim asifa. On the way back, picture the scene, a line of yeshiva bochurim wearing hats and jackets crossing the busy street in town, it was very quiet. One guy in a car rolls down his window and yells “It’s all because of you F’ing Jews.” It was shocking yet understandable in the moment. People were scared. I remember wondering if this was the end of our time in America.

Gizella

I worked in the South Tower on the 12th floor. I arrived at 8:40, was just geeting my coffee when the building shook, the lights flickered and nothing was ever the same again. My co-workers and I ran out of the building right away. WE were about 5 blocks away when our building was hit by a plane. We decided to to go to my daughter’s apartment in the lower East Side. We had just reached Chinatown when the earth shook and we watched our building collapse. We witnessed pure evil that day and will never forget or forgive.

Joe

Oholei Torah Zal classroom with windows facing the towers. In middle of Rabbi Bluming’s shiur, a bochur pointed out that there was billows of smoke visible in Manhattan…not much of a shiur after that… There was little to no cell phone reception for the next week…

Yoily

I was kicked out of yeshiva that morning…

Hvaces42

Vesey and West Street posted to assist an EMS triage station.

Moshe

I was in Israel during second seder.

Laura

At the U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina serving as a junior Foreign Service Officer. Embassy went into lock down and the warden system was triggered. Eventually, staff left the Embassy for the day. My memories of that day are still very hazy.

CUBS FAN

My second semester at YU. I had just come back from Israel nine months earlier so I assumed it was terrorism immediately after living through the intifada. I remember seeing the smoke in the sky which you could see clearly from Washington Heights. I also remember a hatzala guy at davening standing right in fromt of me and he took his tefillin off and ran to the ambulance to head downtown. Finally, later that day or the next morning we went downtown as far as we could to help out. I think we made it to the Village and the shear volume of signs asking if youve seen a missing loved one was so overwhelming it is hard to capture the moment in words.

JoshF

I was in Rabbi Nossen Stein’s Yeshiva in Lakewood. A wedding party needed an escort to get through Staten Island because they closed the bridges and tunnels.
We found it hard of course, to concentrate and so we were led in a round of Tehillim and that helped calm everyone down a bit.
It was still hard to be away from family as so many bochurim had family and friends working in Manhattan, even if not directly in the towers.

Joseph

I was 9 years old, waiting on my bus to take me to cheider, was standing right at the entrance of the Brooklyn Navy Yard in williamsburg, when suddenly we saw the first plane crash into the first tower. I’ll #neverforget the shock we felt at that time.

Mohammed

I was in my senior year high school physics class as a fellow teacher came into the room and broke the news privately to my physics teacher. He immediately rolled out the TV card and turned it on for us all to watch unfold live. Our whole high school was glued to the TV all day long. We all watched in complete horror and fear as to what possibly might come next.

Since it was senior year, the majority of my high school class had already decided on which colleges to apply to and which career paths to pursue. I had begun taking flying lessons two years earlier and had decided to become an airline pilot. After that tragic day I began to have second thoughts as to my career path. Most of my family recommended I do something else like a doctor or engineer. However I felt like doing something different and felt passionate about. So I continued flying, went to a college in Florida with a professional flight program but after all was said and done I decided to pursue a career in aviation public service and law enforcement. I enjoy serving my community and country even though it’s minimal compared to others.

God bless America!

Scott Sobel

Thank you Mohammed for your service and your allegiance!

Pru

At 8:35 AM I was standing across from the towers contemplating whether to walk or take the bus the few blocks down to 1 New York Plaza after having just gotten off the A train from southern Queens.

It was a beautiful day weather wise so I don’t know what possessed me to take the bus. I was at 1NYP when I heard the news and was watching it in the conference room until they evacuated our building after the first of the towers fell.

After making it down to the lobby, I eventually made the decision to try and make it to the SI Ferry terminal. I did. I was in the terminal when the second of the towers fell and remember the cloud of dust enveloping the terminal and the visibility going to zero.

Eventually a ferry came to take us to Staten Island. Nearly EVERYONE on the ferry was holding or wearing a life vest.

When we returned to work after Rosh Hashanah I remember the site of every few feet having armed uniformed soldiers or national guardsman lining the walkways. I can also never forget the stench in the air – which surely was the smell of burnt human remains.

That evening I stayed on Staten Island with family, and was watching the news when 7 WTC came down. I had worked in 7WTC prior to 1NYP.

16 years later I have not been back to WTC site since.

My story is nothing compared to those that were actually in the towers at the time. I’m afraid though the liberals in this country have not learned anything from the September 11th, 2001 attacks.

yeshiva guy

I was actually on a flight from TLV and they announced mid-flight over England, there where about 90 boys from yeshiva from 2 groups.
The pilot said he’s still trying to get into canadian airspace.
We where the last plane that crossed the atlantic landing 7 hours after the attack in toronto
Elal called up the orthodox jewish and asked them to host the ~400 passengers, was a huge kiddush hashem on how nice the community welcomed and hosted us with such a warm heart.

Eli

I used to take the bus from Brooklyn every morning to the WTC and walk towards my office which was about 7-8 blocks up the west side highway. As I was a new intern at the time, my morning duty was to buy donuts for my group, which I did every day at the kosher krispy kreme at the bottom of the WTC. But that day I was running late due to the longer davening because of selichos, so I got off the bus and started walking right away. After I got about 3-4 blocks up, the first plane flew right over my head and hit the building where I would’ve been if not for saying selichos that day. I watched people jump from the towers and saw both buildings collapse from about 10 blocks away, the images are burned into my mind forever. I ended up walking across the Williamsburg bridge with thousands of people and got a ride home later in the afternoon. I’ll never forget the pickup truck parked right in middle on the Williamsburg side, with chassidim standing there handing out bottles of water to everyone who passed. Every store there was inviting people inside to catch a rest, get a drink, use the phone etc. As many people here wrote above, we saw our people and our nation unite like never before.

Scott Sobel

Dan, thank you! Great kiddush Hashem. Many tears shed… I was not far from you, sitting in daf yomi shiur at Beth Jacob of BH, when a friend arrived early for shacharit, sat right behind me and whispered: “Did you hear what happened in NY? An airplane hit the twin towers! A few minutes later I was home watching the horror with my family – yeshiva cancelled for the day out of fear of terrorism. Changed the world… bringing Moshiach the hard way…

Vicky

I was home on my day off, watching TV. As soon as I saw the first plane hit, I knew it was intentional. It did not appear to be out of control. It looked like it aimed at the WTC. I was yelling at the TV to evacuate.
The next day, I was taking care of many victims who walked over the bridge. Some barefoot, in schock. Fireman who were coughing soot. Families, calling, hoping their loved ones were with us alive

Deb

I had called in sick to work because of a bad migraine. But I did something I can’t explain. I decided to put the news on for some background noise. I shout at people for breathing too loud when I have a migraine so putting the tv on makes no sense. I heard them say there was a horrible accident and they thought a commuter plane had hit the tower. Of course I turned to watch. Before too long, I watched the second plane hit the second tower on live tv like so many others. Then everything seemed to happen so quickly. I don’t remember having any migraine pain the rest of that day.

All of the large, significant events had happened within just an hour and a half, but we didn’t know they were over. We were waiting for whatever might be next. I live within 10 miles of Three Mile Island. That means we get free potassium iodide pills from the government. My mind always goes there. I remember finally calming down closer towards dark. We sat, like zombies, in front of our tv, for several weeks afterwards, in any of our free time, desperate for any news about the victims. Hoping for miracles, answers, anything.

We had been married exactly one month before. We had flown out of BWI for a 10 day honeymoon in Bora Bora and were just settling back into our everyday normal with the wedding and that crazy pace behind us. I also didn’t know that I was pregnant. Later I realized how lucky we were to have our honeymoon during a time in history that no longer existed, and also a time of calm and relaxed air travel that wouldn’t return for quite some time.

My husband had earned a trip through his employer to NYC. We were supposed to be staying at the Marriot WTC about 2 weeks after 9/11. That was rescheduled for October. We stayed in Times Square and went down to the WTC site. I was immediately overcome with emotion. So many lives lost. So many families left with not a trace of their loved one. It felt as if I would violate the victims if I stepped on the dust.

I was watching TV today and the program I had on did not show the moment of silence for the plane hitting the second tower. It takes a lot to offend me, but I was just disgusted. How long until it is not televised at all? How long until people just shrug their shoulders? I wonder how long it took until people felt this way about Pearl Harbor?

I can close my eyes and go right back there. Not to my bedroom but to those feelings from that day. I WAS in my bedroom, and many of you were so much closer, so much more involved. Thank you for your dedication, and your service. Words can never express my full respect and admiration. I know I can never forget.

DarN NYC

#Always Remember site’s bucket brigade

God Bless all of those who perished, were injured or lost loved ones.

RTr

If I had gotten the job
@Reinsurrance on the 100th floor I wldnt b writing to you today / I was a temp on the 72 floor in tower 2 they treated me so very nice I got to know the lovely girl who sorted the mail in her slippers every day saw one of the window cleaners who was outside laughing at my fear for him – another man came in to replace my boss he was thin tall and had spectacles – knowing my job was finishing I applied to the Reinsurrance company (word of mouth available) bc of reference they were interested in me but apparently cldnt decide to hire after a few weeks being already out of a job I decided to move on that was approximately a year before 9/11 – the nice ppl I knew including the lovely lady from HR on the 74fl I dont know if they survived / I do know since I was told the new boss with the spectacles did not survive – where was I on 9/11 – on a bus to Manhattan we were turned around to go home – my son opened the door and in shock said the Pentagon had been attacked – I loved my job and the ppl in tower 2 I loved tower 2 it and the whole complex felt like home – I am also an Israeli but the searing anger and hurt will never leave my American heart – and it comes back every year to haunt me…

zman

i was on the last train coming in from hobokem. When i got off there was an acrid odor and as we went up the escalators,I noted men in uniforms running. Once prople saw that, everyone started running. The word was that a bomb had gone off. Everyone else ran for the doors to the street but I am an architect and kept thinking that there is safety in the indfrastructure of the subway so I stayed below ground as far as I could and went up at Chambers St. There was a very definite unease in the air and papers and debris were floating about. I continued to Park Row and as I passed a local pizzaria there I suddenly felt a warm thrust of air, firm and definite. Someone opened the pizza shop door and literally pulled me inside.” Its not safe out there”. I later learned that the warm burst of air I felt was the second plane hitting the Twin Towers.

izzy

i was in the army. I was stationed in Alaska. I was actually being awarded a soldier of the month award when my unit, the 164th military police, all their pagers went off at the same time and they all ran out. the commander came to me and said you are from ny? I said yes sir, and he had me go the war room, 100 feet below ground and I tried to call my parents on the sat phone.

chana k

Thank you for your service!

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