In December 2014, the then eleven year-old, Ayala Shapira became a victim of an arson attack when Arab terrorists threw a firebomb on the family car while Ayala and her father were on their way home close to Ma'ale Shomron in Samaria. In the attack, Ayala suffered from severe burns as 40 percent of her face and upper body were burned. The brave Ayala, during her stay in hospital, was so touched seeing other children that had lost their hair due to cancer, that she motivated her friends to donate their hair for wigs.
In March of this year, in her first interview after the attack, Ayala stated that it was her dream to visit the the holiest site in Judaism, the Temple Mount. The Bat Mitzvah ceremony signifies that a Jewish girl has reached the age where they are accountable for their own actions, instead of their parents, and that they are responsible for their own observance of the Jewish commandments.
In June, shortly before her Bat Mitzvah, Ayala was transferred from the Sheba Tel Hashomer Medical Center's burn unit to a children's general ward at the hospital. The now 12 year-old fulfilled her dream and, in honor of her Bat Mitzvah, physicians gave their green light for Ayala’s trip to ascend the Temple Mount, together with her family.
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