Hundreds Attend Funeral for Jerusalem Stabbing Victim
Jerusalem stabbing victim Rabbi Nehemia Lavi will be laid to rest at noon on Sunday, at Jerusalem’s Har HaMenuchot cemetery. President Reuven Rivlin will reportedly be giving a eulogy during the ceremony.
Hundreds have reportedly already arrived to the site, just as the ceremony is about to begin.
Rabbi Lavi, 41, a father of seven, is originally from Beit El in Binyamin north of Jerusalem, but has lived in the Old City for the past 23 years. He was a rabbi at Yeshivat Ateret Kohanim.
According to the rabbi’s friends, he went down with his gun to try and save those wounded by the Arab terrorist in the attack, which also killed 21 year-old Aharon Banita Bennett and injured his wife and son. Upon arrival, the terrorist stabbed Lavi and took his weapon.
Bennett will be laid to rest at the Mount of Olives cemetery at 1:30 pm Sunday.
“My father was not murdered; my father was killed in the fight with the enemy,” Lavi’s son stated during an emotional eulogy. “He left his home to protect and fell in battle.”
President Reuven Rivlin also gave a eulogy for Rabbi Lavi.
“You were killed because of your nation and your nationality,” Rivlin eulogized. “Through your mesirut nefesh [life-giving act – ed.], you have left a legacy for your people and your children; the people will never forget your bravery.”
“We find ourselves in a difficult and daily battle that continues.”