It's been a rough couple of weeks for those of us who value Jewish blood.
The various rendezvous with the Malach HaMaves differed only as to location because a roll call of these tragedies reveals that the murderers and victims were the same in every instance, as if pulled from central casting, albeit with the appropriate name changes.
The murderers were all Arabs who went out of their way to demonstrate for all who have eyes to see that the Torah contains no superfluous words.
Before Yishmael was even conceived his mother was told by the angel of Hashem that he would be a pere adam (a wild-ass of a man). And as anyone who is familiar with Hebrew grammar knows the adjective follows the noun, so we're not talking about a mentch that has a wild side to him but rather an animal who happens to have some attributes of a human being, with one of those attributes being the lust for murder because animals only kill for food.
So this was Hagar's mindset when she conceived, carried, and gave birth to Yishmael. She already new the end of the story before it began.
The intended victims, on the other hand, were all Jews. The official body count of victims includes two Arabs, but in the terminology that Hamas uses when one of their bombs explodes in the process of being assembled, their deaths were merely work accidents with no malice aforethought.
And exactly from where did these murdered Jews hail? Once again, the Torah contains no superfluous words.
The Torah tells us that Eliezer said the following as he stood near the well of water outside of Haran: "Let it be that the maiden to whom I shall say, 'Please tip your jug so that I may drink and who replies, "Drink, and I will even water the camels,' her You have chosen for Your servant, for Yitzchok."
The maiden was, of course, Rivka, the great grandmother of those Jews whose marriage to Yitzchok was conceived in chesed.
What possesses two Arab girls, one 16 and the other 14, with scissors in hand, to march off to the shuk to spill Jewish blood with little prospect of ever seeing their parents again? And from what kind of society spring three 16 year old boys who get themselves killed in three separate and distinct failed knifing attacks at the Tapuach Junction several hours apart on the same day?
The mother of the Arab murderer that killed several Jews last week at the Gush Etzion Junction said that she was proud of her son. He spilled the blood of innocent Jews and she was proud.
The mother of Ezra Schwartz, one of the murdered Jews, was also proud of her son. Just before he was murdered he was busy giving food to the IDF soldiers in the area. She was proud that he died in the act of chesed.
And at the end of the day, that's the bottom line difference between the murderers and those who they murdered.
As we said above, the Torah contains no superfluous words. They are who they are already from their mothers' milk.