Adiel Coleman, who was murdered in a stabbing terror attack in Jerusalem on Sunday, was laid to rest Monday at the Kokhav HaShahar cemetery.
“We made a sacrifice yesterday on the altar of the holy city—our Adiel,” said Kokhav HaShahar’s rabbi Ehud Krakower. “A modest, God-fearing man with a heart of gold. Everyone who knew him could not help but love him.”
Israel’s Chief Rabbi David Lau also spoke at the funeral, saying, “I am trying to think about a guy who is about to return home from work and prepare with his children and wife for Passover. The Haggadah speaks of four sons. Now there are four children left, and who will answer them when they ask ‘Why is tonight different from all other nights?’ Where is the kind, caring and loving father?”
“He wasn’t concerned, I was the one the one who was afraid,” his widow Ayelet said ahead of the funeral. “I told him many times that perhaps working there was dangerous, and he would respond that he wasn’t afraid because there were a lot of IDF troops there.”
Ayelet said she broke the terrible news of their father’s death to their four children on Monday morning. “Adiel would say every day that we were privileged to have them. I hope he watches over us from above and prays for us.”
She said the last time she spoke to her husband was on Sunday, around 4pm. “He was supposed to get home at around 5:30pm to watch over the children, so I could go out with the girls and buy them dresses for the holiday. I noticed he was running late and I tried to call him, but he didn’t answer. I didn’t have something like this going through my mind,” she recounted.
Ayelet criticized Israeli policy-makers, saying “We want to live here in our country with the sense of security, without fear. We deserve this. The situation we’ve fallen into is not normal.”
Adiel succumbed to his wounds Sunday evening after doctors battled for hours to stabilize what was described as an “extremely seriously” condition after being stabbed multiple times by a Muslim terrorist in Jerusalem’s Old City.
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman tweeted: “Tragedy in Israel. 2 young soldiers, Netanel Kahalani and Ziv Daos, murdered in the North, and father of 4, Adiel Kolman, murdered in Jerusalem, by Palestinian terrorists. Such brutality and no condemnation from the PA! I pray for the families and the wounded – so much sadness.”