Rabbi Haim Cohen was saved from a would-be stabber on Sunday morning at the synagogue where he regularly prays in Giv'atayim, east of Tel Aviv, according to a Monday morning report by the Yisrael Hayom daily. The stabber disrupted services and drew a knife, saying he was going to kill the rabbi for not removing a spell from him. The assailant, who apparently tried to do the same thing about a month ago, was stopped by other worshippers at the last minute. A magistrates court extended the remand of the assailant - a 43-year-old from Rishon Letzion - by three days.
The case recalls the murder of Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira in July, 2011.