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  11/18/2011, Cheshvan 21, 5772

Brit for Twin Nephews of Rabbi Mertzbach


A brit milah (ritual circumcison) ceremony was held, Friday morning, at Me'arat Hamachpelah, the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron, for Natan and Nachman Picard, the twin nephews of Rabbi Dan Mertzbach, who was accidentally shot to death by an Israeli soldier a week ago, as he drove toward the holy site from his home in the southern Hevron Hills community of Otniel. The boys were born about the time of Rabbi Mertzbach's funeral.

The brit was preceded by morning services, after residents of Otniel drove in a 5:00 a.m. convoy to Me'arat Hamachpelah, in memory of Rabbi Mertzbach's Friday routine.