Henkin Orphans Receive Warm Welcome Upon Return

Defense Minister condoles the children of terror victims Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin as shiva moves to their home in Neria.

Cynthia Blank,

Israelis mourn at the graves of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin, hy"d
Israelis mourn at the graves of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin, hy"d
Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

The four orphaned children of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin returned to their home in Neria on Saturday night, nine days after witnessing the horrific shooting in which their parents were killed. 

Matan Hillel (9), Nitzan Yitzhak (7), Neta Eliezer (4) and Itamar (4 months) received a warm welcome from the community, who gathered with signs of encouragement to comfort and bless them. 

The Henkins were murdered last Thursday night on the road between Itamar and Elon Moreh, but the seven day mourning period (shiva) was postponed until the day after Simchat Torah - this past Tuesday. 

The shiva began at the home of Naama's parents in Peduel and moved on Saturday to the family's home in Neria in the Binyamin region of Samaria. Eitam's parents are with the four orphans while Naama's parents will join the shiva on Monday morning.  

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) paid a condolence visit to Henkin children in their family home on Saturday night, as did the family of Gilad Shaer, one of three Jewish teenagers abducted and kidnapped by Hamas terrorists last summer. 

A Hamas terror cell has also been arrested for plotting and carrying out the shooting attack which killed the Henkins. 

In response to the attack, the Neria secretariat demanded the army reinforce security on the main roads around the town. 




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