Chief Rabbi: Who Will Bless Orphans on Shabbat?

Rabbi Lau takes part in funeral, emphasizing connection to the land and quoting Psalms in a call for redemption.

Yoni Kempinski,

Rabbi Lau at the funeral
Rabbi Lau at the funeral
Arutz Sheva

Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau took part in the funeral of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin in Jerusalem on Friday morning, after the young couple was murdered by Fatah terrorists the night before in front of their four young children.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva at Har Hamenuchot Cemetery, Rabbi Lau added to his response to the attack from the night before, speaking about the timing of the horrific murder during the intermediary days of Sukkot.

"To come here to a funeral in the intermediary days of a holiday, which on the one hand there's a commandment to rejoice (during the holiday), but that commandment clashes with the emotion that is so natural when you think about the children," he said, speaking about the four children aged four months, four years, 7 and 9, now left orphans.

"You contemplate who will bless them on Shabbat eve, who will stand with them in the joy of the holiday, who will sit with them at the Shabbat table," said a visibly moved Rabbi Lau.

"And you think about a great talmid chacham (Torah scholar), about a man who was so humble and special, so talented," he said of Rabbi Henkin, who had published several religious texts.

"The pain is enormous, the pain is so great, and maybe precisely because of that we will show the strength of the Jewish people, when we decide to rejoice despite (the pain), rejoicing in the joy of the holiday, praying, hoping and asking."

"We hold this land and want to see the fulfillment of the passage: 'arise, and have compassion upon Zion, for it is time to be gracious unto her, for the appointed time is come; for Your servants take pleasure in her stones, and love her dust (Psalms 102:14-15)."

"A couple that arose to live in the land," he said of the victims. "And we will continue here to live in the land, amid a prayer and hope for days full of joy, pure joy."

Rabbi Lau's comments, in Hebrew, can be seen below.



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